LEE, Maine — The discovery of a small amount of asbestos in a chimney has delayed the renovation but not the opening of a Health Access Network satellite clinic in Lee, Lee Academy Headmaster Bruce Lindberg said Thursday.
The clinic is supposed to go in the Pottle House, but with the project delayed, HAN is using space in the Town Office a few doors down, Lindberg said. The clinic opened earlier this month.
Health Access Network officials did not immediately return telephone messages left Thursday.
Funded with at least a portion of a $787,500 federal Department of Health and Human Services grant, Health Access Network will remodel the Pottle House, a white apartment building centering the campus, Lindberg has said.
The remodeling will commence when the asbestos is removed, Lindberg said.
“We can’t do anything until the federal money is released,” Lindberg said Thursday.
A physician assistant, mental health therapist, hygienist and school receptionist will staff the building, Lindberg has said.
Besides Lee Academy students and staff, residents from Lee, Winn, Springfield — anyone who uses the Health Access offices in Lincoln — can be treated in the clinic, Lindberg said.
Health Access and Lee officials have been discussing the clinic idea for about two years, Lindberg said.
Health Access Network is a federally funded community health center located on West Broadway in Lincoln which, according to the most recent estimates available Sunday, handles 13,000 patients or 50,000 visits annually. It also has a satellite site in Enfield.
Lee Academy is a private academy that contracts with the state to provide a high school education for students in and around Lee.