Area economic, healthcare, city leaders break ground on new Wheeler Health building

Area economic, healthcare and city leaders broke ground Thursday on the new Wheeler Health administrative headquarters and health center at One Hope Street, slated to open in 2023. Wheeler Health CEO and President Dr. Sabrina Trocchi said the organization was focused on attracting “hope” to the Greater Bristol community as well as others with the aim of bringing a more developed downtown with professionals, increased access to integrated behavioral and physical healthcare and more. David Patrick, president of the Downes Construction company slated to help in the future structure’s creation, said a project like the Wheeler Health facility was meaningful for the business as it meant being part of an effort to improve community wellbeing. After a new City Council was voted into administration in November 2021, Wheeler Health headquarter plans stalled as new members voted down previous construction plans in December 2021 before renegotiating. Council members accepted a modified plan in February this year with increased emphasis on a smaller Wheeler property footprint and shared parking for potential downtown attractions and the hope for a reborn retail and restaurant scene in the area.

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