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Aunt Martha’s plans to break ground in fall at Silver Cross site

Aunt Martha’s Health Center is hoping to break ground in November on a $6 million primary care facility on property at the Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet.

Officials from the Olympia Fields-based health and social services organization said the project, which will be a two-story 24,000-square-foot facility, will be paid for with $6 million in stimulus money that must be used for new construction.

Architect David Mikos, of Anderson Mikos Architects in Oakbrook Terrace, said the developers are aiming for LEED Gold certification, which is a measurement of building’s energy efficiency. He said wind turbines, natural solar panels are in the plans as is the use of Joliet limestone and brick.

He said the facility will not just be a wellness center, but also a community center that will be open to the public.

“We want to provide a facility that provides a safe haven,” Mikos said.

The facility will be an out-patient clinic that is open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and perhaps some evening and weekend hours.

Currently, the site is the employee parking lot for Silver Cross employees. Silver Cross is closing its Joliet hospital and moving to New Lenox in 2012.

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