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Edgerton OKs plans to expand Mercy clinic

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NEIL W. JOHNSON
January 26, 2011
— A $2 million expansion of Mercy Edgerton Health Center is set to move forward after the city's plan commission Monday approved a site plan to double the size of the clinic at 217 N. Main St.

Mercy Health System has not announced a start date for the expansion, and the city on Tuesday had not approved a building permit for the project. Edgerton plan commission member James Kapellen said Mercy officials are eager to start the project.


"They'd mentioned they wanted to get it going as quickly as possible once they got the (plan commission's) approval," he said.


The expansion would boost the clinic's size from 4,100 square feet to 8,300 square feet.


The plan commission Monday heard comments about the expansion from clinic neighbor Brien Carney.


Carney, who lives directly east of the clinic at 212 Broadway St., voiced concerns that a planned clinic parking lot exit at Broadway Street would create traffic hazards.


The city previously had requested that Mercy mark the exit for service and emergency vehicles only, and the plan commission approved the plan Monday under that condition, Kapellen said.


Kapellen said the plan commission added a condition allowing Carney to decide whether Mercy can build a 6-foot fence at the east end of the clinic property. He said Carney was concerned a fence would spoil his view.



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