Construction has begun on a new 9,000 square foot medical office on the Williams Road side of the Summit Mall complex.
The new building will be occupied by Retina Consultants, a group of optometrists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the retina and vitreous of the eye. The practice has offices at three Western New York locations, including one across the street from the new location in the Summit Healthplex.
“As a retina group, most of our patients are over the age of 65,” said Administrator Jerry Maciejewski. “They have difficulty seeing, or can’t see, and trying to find us in 100,000 square foot building with limited signage and their visual impairments makes it difficult. Let alone walking from the parking lot to the facility is a little far, it’s really a matter of convenience for patients.”
The building will be located near the main entrance to the mall off of Williams Road, near where the small M&T Bank branch used to be located. They firm purchased the property from new Summit Mall owner Zoran Cocov.
The new building while have space enough for both Retina Consultants and another business. They plan to rent the space out, ideally to another medical firm.
“We’re going to occupy 45,000 square feet of it and we’re looking for a tenant or tenants,” Maciejewski said. “Another medical group would obviously be nice, but any professional business. We don’t want a retail business.”
Another reason for the move, he said, is that the firm has outgrown its facility across the street. Patients often move through the process of exam, diagnosis and treatment quickly to save them time, money and to make things easier for the person driving them, as many of their clients are unable to drive themselves to and from appointments.
The new facility will add two more exam rooms and two more screening rooms. While they do not perform surgeries, the new facility will be equipped for some of the laser procedures done by the four doctors, who are Paul Lee, Mehdi Khan, Christopher Jermak and Ramakrishna Ratnakaram.
The new Retina Consultants is expected to open its doors sometime in October.
“It’s going to be a really nice-looking building,” said Wheatfield Town Supervisor Robert Cliffe. “They started about two years ago, they participated in some planning board meetings and got approval and started digging not too long ago.”
As for progress at the rest of the former Summit Park Mall, nothing new has been reported, Cliffe said. The mall was purchased by Cocov in 2014 with the hope of reopening it as a mixed-use shopping center with entertainment and dining.