UMMC eyes former Pizza Hut site for women’s health center in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia wants to tear down the former Pizza Hut in Medina to make way for a women’s health facility.

MEDINA – Less than a month after withdrawing its plans to turn a former gas station into a women’s health center in Medina, a Batavia hospital has identified a different site for the project: the former Pizza Hut at 11225 Maple Ridge Rd.

The United Memorial Medical Center will be a tenant at the site. Developer Chad LaCivita is working to acquire the property. The Pizza Hut building will be torn down and a new 4,000-square-foot site will be erected.

Courtesy of smartDESIGN architecture PLLC

Courtesy of smartDESIGN architecture PLLC

UMMC is working with smartDESIGN architecture in Batavia for the the design of the new building and the landscaping for the site. The building will look nearly the same as the project pitched for a former gas station down the road. UMMC withdrew from that project due to some environmental concerns with the site.

The Batavia hospital has been providing women’s health services at 100 Ohio St., space owned by Medina Memorial Hospital. Medina closed its birthing wing in July 2011. UMMC now delivers more than 100 babies a year to Orleans County women.

The site at 100 Ohio St. is cramped for space, said Colleen Flynn, UMMC’s director of community relations.

The new site will have more space for doctors, patients and staff. UMMC provides obstetrics, gynecological care and other health services.

“We need a better place,” Flynn said. “We have a big commitment to providing quality care and improving the physical plant.”

The Batavia hospital recently spent $2 million improving its maternity wing.

The plan for the project was reviewed by the Medina Planning Board on Tuesday and the Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday. It goes before the Orleans County Planning Board on Jan. 24. It goes back to the Village Planning Board for a final vote on Feb. 4.

UMMC was looking to turn a former gas station on Maple Ridge Road into a women’s health center, but backed off that site after environmental auditing at the property, the former K & K at 11360 Maple Ridge Rd.