After more than three years without a hospital, Braddock is set to get another medical facility.
On Friday, ground was broken on a new commercial development that will include a Highmark and Allegheny Health Network full service urgent care center, to serve the more than 2,100 people who live in the borough.
“They’ll have access to health care services as well as good, positive development on the main drag of Braddock,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
UPMC Braddock closed its doors in early 2010.
The commercial development on Braddock Avenue will include other businesses and offices, including a district office for state Representative Paul Costa. Fitzgerald was on hand along with Braddock and other officials for Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony.
“I think Congressman Doyle said it well, ‘Out of the ashes of the rubble of the old hospital that was torn down is the Phoenix rising and positive development,’” he said.
This follows the dedication in November of 24 new residential units called The Overlook. The new commercial building is expected to be completed by November 2014.