Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Queens General Hospital Foundation now owns the medical and dental clinic building at 157 School Street in Liverpool, near the Queens General Hospital.
The foundation made the announcement on October 27.
"With things drastically changing with health care, we just felt it was an opportunity that we couldn't pass up to get that building," said Dr. Al Doucet, chair of the Queen General Hospital Foundation. "There is no more land out there adjacent to the hospital, and it gives us a lot of opportunities to assist the community in improving health care in Liverpool and Queens County."
Doucet is the original owner of the building and he ran his practice out of there for close to 30 years, before selling it to Dr. Garry Morash. Morash retired from his practice in June 2018 and, in turn, put the building up for sale.
The building will continue to be rented on one side of the building by dentist Dr. Martin Gillis.
The other side contains an office where Morash had his practice. The basement, which is approximately 2,000 square feet, is empty. Doucet said they have a number of ideas of what can be done with the space.
"We are trying to think outside the box, and right now we have no firm plans. We will probably decide in the next couple of months what direction we want to go in," he said.
Meanwhile, there are plans for cosmetic work to the building and landscaping on the property.