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Marin City health clinic’s location in flux



The Marin City Health and Wellness Center could be finding a new home, but exactly where that home will be is a bit murky at present.

Melissa Cadet, executive director of the Marin City Community Development Corp., announced last week that the federally qualified health center is in negotiations with the corporation to purchase its property at 100 Phillips Drive.

Cadet said the clinic plans to create a full-service health center at the site. Currently, the clinic uses a mobile unit to provide dental services for its patients.

“We’re still very much in negotiation, but we wanted the community to know we’re working on it,” Cadet said.

Cadet said the corporation isn’t donating the property.

She said, however, “Our board has agreed to work with the board of the wellness center to make it happen one way or the other.”

The 4,000-square-foot building on Phillips Drive is on about half an acre and houses the Marin Learning Center, a preschool operated by Community Action Marin.

Monique Brown, general manager of the Marin City Community Services District, said as far she knows the health clinic is slated to take up occupancy in a new community center the district has planned for 630 Drake Ave.

“If that changes based on their purchase of another facility then we will make that change,” Brown said. “But as of now that has not happened yet.”

JayVon Muhammad, the health clinic’s chief executive, is traveling outside the country and could not be reached for comment. Members of the clinic’s board also could not be reached for comment.

The health clinic occupies about 2,200 square feet at 630 Drake Ave. Marin Learning Center also uses some space at 630 Drake Ave., and the district has its offices there.

Brown said the community center, which is estimated to cost $24 million, would replace the modular leased units at 630 Drake Ave. She said about $7 million has been raised for the project so far.

The plan for the community center also includes space for the Marin Learning Center, Marin City’s senior center, a gymnasium and a swimming pool.

Last year, there was a plan to move the health clinic to 640 Drake Ave., where the Marguerita C. Johnson Senior Center is located.

The health clinic had received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to finance the move and was looking forward to more than doubling its office space.

But after Marin City seniors objected, the district scuttled the plan.

“The board voted to change the recommendation to have the wellness center renovate and move into the senior center,” Brown said.

At the time, Muhammad said the health clinic might have to return the grant money since the plan to move into the senior center had been part of the grant proposal.

Brown said she didn’t know if that actually happened.

Article source: http://www.marinij.com/health/20170730/marin-city-health-clinics-location-in-flux

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