Brooks-TLC buys Fredonia land for new facility

A positive step toward a new Brooks-TLC Hospital System Inc. facility in northern Chautauqua County has been taken. On Tuesday afternoon, leaders at the health-care location confirmed the purchase of the former Cornell Cooperative Extension site near the roundabout on East Main Street in the village of Fredonia.

Ken Morris, president and chief executive officer at Brooks-TLC, said the funding and support for the land acquisition came from the state Health Department. “We are excited to confirm the purchase of the property … for the construction of the new hospital,” he said.

In 2016 and 2017, New York state had set aside $74 million for a new state-of-the-art facility that would replace the current location at 529 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. Confirmation of the property ownership is the first real signal in more than five years that the state is still moving ahead with plans for a new build.

While upbeat about the information, Morris remained cautious in a statement. “There is still a lot of work to do and still certain questions to address regarding the parcel,” he said. “We are hopeful this step helps to move us forward and affirms our commitment to providing continued access to quality health care with a new, state-of-the-art hospital for the north county community.”

Complete story in the Wednesday edition.


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