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July 28, 2021

Kennedy Community Health Center announces $6.5M expansion

Photo | Grant Welker Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center's Milford medical clinic

The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center announced on Wednesday it has purchased a nearly 30,000-square-foot building at 605 Lincoln St. in Worcester, where it plans to significantly expand its services.

The building was previously occupied by the Veteran’s Administration.

The health center purchased the property for $6.5 million, according to the Worcester County Registry of Deeds, in a sale closed Tuesday. The property was last assessed by the City of Worcester in 2021 at $5.4 million, and was last sold in 2015 for $7.6 million.

Plans for the building include renovating the site to support behavioral health, dental, optometry, urgent care, a small pharmacy and other ancillary services, according to Wednesday’s announcement. Some services may open as soon as spring of next year.

Once operational, the health center plans to sell its building at 631 Lincoln St. 

In June, the Kennedy Health Center announced it moved its administrative offices to 115 NE Cutoff, away from 650 Lincoln St., in a consolidation effort. 

“With the purchase of 605 Lincoln Street in Worcester, we will have two large sites less than a half a mile apart, providing increased capacity for our patients and access to vital health care services, especially for our most marginalized populations,” said Kennedy President and CEO Stephen Kerrigan, in a statement.

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