GOSHEN — The Maple City Health Care Center is planning to open a second facility on the north side of Goshen.
The project is still in the very early phases and is part of an initiative by IU Health Goshen to make affordable primary health care available to the community, said Dr. James Nelson Gingerich.
“We assume our current staff would split (between the two locations) and some of our patients would go to the new site and some would stay at the old site,” he said. “It will give us some room to decompress.”
The Maple City Health Care Center serves nearly 5,000 patients, seeing about 2,800 of them per year with an annual total of 10,000 office visits.
Gingerich said Maple City plans to purchase the Abshire mansion, 803 N. Main St., which currently serves as the headquarters for the Fourth Freedom Forum.
Gingerich said he hopes to renovate and extend an earlier addition to the building while maintaining the building’s historical value.
The first step for the project is requesting a zoning variance to allow a medical practice in an area currently zoned for residential use only.
The variance would allow Maple City Health Care to create a new access to the property on N. Third Street instead of Wilden Avenue, 17 on-site patient parking spaces and 13 off-site staff parking spaces.
The matter is on the Zoning Board of Appeals’ agenda for Tuesday, Sept. 24.
The new Maple City Health Care Center facility would open “within the next couple years,” Gingerich said.