MedExpress urgent care center to open in March


PITTSFIELD — A new urgent care health center is expected to open in March on Dalton Avenue, after MedExpress received approval Wednesday for its signage plan from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The firm, which operates approximately 140 urgent care medical service facilities in 12 states, is renovating leased space in a former Crane & Co. warehouse at 999 Dalton Ave. for the facility. The brick building is located near the Hubbard Avenue intersection.

Eric Dietz, senior architect designer with the West Virginia-based company, said finish work on the structure is now being completed by general contractor Coastal Construction of Duxbury.

The space is being leased from Freight House Realty, LLC.

The ZBA on Wednesday approved a signage plan for the business. Attorney Andrea Nuciforo Jr., representing the company, said the plan had been worked out with input from city permitting coordinator Nate Joyner and other officials, after an initial plan was rejected for a permit as noncompliant with city sign regulations.

The former warehouse is located about 10 feet from Dalton Avenue, Nuciforo said, necessitating parking in the rear, a rear entrance, and signs on all sides of the building. The total square footage of the signs will be under the 150 square feet allowed for the district, he said.

Announced in June 2015, the urgent care center is part of what company officials said is a rapidly growing health care trend toward walk-in medical services.

A MedExpress spokesperson said last year that several other new urgent-care facilities were being considered or planned in Massachusetts. More information is available at the company website —

In September, Berkshire Health Systems also opened an urgent care walk-in facility in the building space off East Street formerly occupied by the Mildred Elley School. The center in St. Luke's Square treats patients with illnesses or injuries requiring more care than a walk-in health care clinic but not requiring hospital emergency room care.

The city Community Development Board previously approved a special permit for Freight House Realty's plan to renovate the 8,320-square-foot warehouse building for professional office space. MedExpress would initially use about 5,000 square feet of the building, according to plans submitted to the city.

MedExpress centers are all similar, the spokeswoman said, and offer care by a team of physicians, registered nurses, X-ray technicians, office staff and other personnel. Services include urgent care for illnesses and injuries, X-ray and laboratory services and wellness and preventative health information.

MedExpress centers typically are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, with the goal of making the services as convenient and affordable as possible. Major health insurance plans are accepted, the spokeswoman said, and affordable options are available to those lacking coverage.

The building was used as a warehouse after a prior proposal in 2013 that included possibly razing the former Crane & Co. building prompted objections from the city Historical Commission and others.

The subsequent development plan, which won city approvals, is a reuse of the building on a 4.6-acre parcel.

The ZBA on Wednesday also approved a sign plan for a similar replacement sign for the new Taconic High School off Valentine Road. The sign won't be erected until after the new high school is completed near the current Taconic High.

Contact Jim Therrien at 413-496-6247.


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