Evert said of the present Essex facility, “We are totally out of space.” The new Westbrook location will be on Flat Rock Place, just down from the Tanger Outlets. It will be on the left hand side of the road, when approaching the shopping mall. Presently, the site is just woods.
According to Evert a “purchase and sales” agreement has already been signed for the new 40,000 square foot site, which is double the size of the present Essex facility. The hospital’ senior vice president also said that Westbrook town authorities view the new development “very favorably,” and that there will be a meeting about the project at a Westbrook Planning and Zoning Commission on February 28.
Evert has also spoken before the Westbrook Chamber of Commerce about the new medical facility coming to Westbrook. He declined to say what the hospital paid for its new property, other than to say it was “a lot of money.”Evert said that the new emergency clinic, off I-95 at Exit 65, “would provide better access to medical care for the shoreline communities.” He said that a picture of the new facility is not yet available. “We are still working on it,” he said.
He added that “as the population has grown in surrounding towns over the last 40 years, it made more sense to relocate the facility off I-95 to improve access to healthcare services for a rapidly increasing number of people in the shoreline area.”