Northwell’s new center in downtown Huntington focuses on women’s health and primary care
The plan began as an effort to improve a neglected corner just east of downtown Huntington, but turned into a years-long standoff between historians and a developer.
Now, after seven years, the new $10 million Northwell Health building at Main Street and Park Avenue is open for business and ready to care for generations of women. The 10,000 square foot multidisciplinary practice will provide both primary care services and multi-specialty care for women. The facility will include four primary care physicians, who are part of Northwell Health Physician Partners.
“For decades there has been a disparity in women’s health,” said Dr. Nick Fitterman, executive director of Huntington Hospital. “This new state-of-the-art facility will close that gap and improve health care for women in Huntington, while providing much-needed access to primary care for everyone in the surrounding community.”
But getting to this point was an odyssey for Deer Park-based developer Dominick Mavellia, the building’s owner.
He began planning development on the corner in 2015. His first proposal was for two buildings on the 1.06 acre lot, then occupied by a closed gas station and a working grocery store. But the proposal was quickly dismissed by local historians who objected to the size and appearance of Mavellia’s plan.
The plot is in the historic district of Old Huntington Green, and this is also where Platts Tavern once stood. The tavern, a meeting place in the early founding of the nation, stood on the site where, at one time, George Washington paid a visit to thank volunteers for the war effort.
“What Dominick was offering just didn’t fit the community,” said Paul E. Warburgh, president of Old Huntington Green Inc., a local civic group.
A battle ensued. Huntington City Council did not vote on a rezoning request because it did not have enough votes to pass. Meanwhile, Mavellia used the site as a pantry while he, the city, and historians hatched a plan. Eventually a compromise was found.
Mavellia gave in to some of the historians’ demands and built one building instead of two.
“I’m proud of the building and that we were able to capture the historic nature of the property and the period,” Mavellia said. “We went through some challenges, but we were able to achieve this goal.”
Warburg says he’s still not satisfied, but admits the greater good he offers for women’s health outweighs any aesthetic concerns.
“Health issues are more important than building size and design,” Warburgh said.
Stephanie Bernier, vice president of regional ambulatory operations for Northwell Health, said the benefits of the facility are many.
“It’s patient-centered; everyone working on the team is so connected and on the same page,” she said. “That translates to patients coming in.”
Town Supervisor Ed Smyth said the building is a symbol of a local owner willing to invest in Huntington’s economy and work with the nearby community to revitalize the historic downtown.
“It complements the services available at one of the nation’s top hospitals and dramatically improves the aesthetics of the neighborhood, reversing the impact of long-standing vacant eyesore that once symbolized decades of neglect.”
What to expect
The new $10 million multidisciplinary practice at 400 Park Ave. in Huntington will focus on women’s health
Two entrances — one for primary care services and another for multispecialty practice
21 examination rooms
The women’s health multi-specialty practice, part of Katz Women’s Health, has specialists in OB-GYN, adolescent gynecology, urogynecology, maternal-fetal medicine, family planning, women’s cardiology and women’s endocrinology
The facility will also include four primary care physicians, who are part of Northwell Health Physician Partners