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December 06, 2016
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Abandoned rail station will be repurposed to create a much needed health center

GOSHEN, NY — The former Ontario & Western Railway Station in Middletown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, protecting and recognizing the importance of the structure in American history. Middletown Community Health Center, Inc. (MCHC) received a $500,000 grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to restore and adapt the existing building at 2-20 Low Ave., to a healthcare facility.

The 28,431-square-foot building, formerly the Ontario & Western Train Station, will be converted to a healthcare facility as part of the “Pathway to Health Project.” Services provided at the new facility will include women’s health, pediatrics, podiatry, HIV/AIDS treatment, and internal medicine.

The historic property, situated in a distressed neighborhood in Middletown, has been abandoned for several decades. Goals to repurpose and utilize the space include providing quality affordable healthcare to the uninsured and underinsured and generating high paying jobs for area residents.

Fundraising will continue, however, as $9.5 million is still needed to fund the “Pathway to Health Project.” If you would like to contribute contact Jack Boyle at 908/451-1206 or jboyle@middletownchc.org.