PEPPERELL -- Southern New Hampshire Medical Center is hoping to begin construction on a new medical center on Main Street in March or April, pending state approval.

SNHMC spokesman Scott Cote said the immediate care center is expected to open in October or November.

"We're excited, we're still moving forward," Cote said. "We'll have our presence back in Pepperell very soon, and the new building, once it's done, will be great."

Cote said the application for the new center will be submitted to the state Department of Public Health this week. After a 60-day review process, the state will make any comments or revisions to the plan. After that point, SNHMC can apply for a building permit from the town.

The building design is about 95 percent complete, Cote said.

The house that currently stands on the property is expected to be demolished shortly before construction begins, he said.

SNHMC has already received approvals from the town's Planning Board and Conservation Commission.

Cote said a primary care office at 66 Hollis St. will be open within the next few weeks.

The Hollis Street property's licensing had been delayed due to the need to bring the building, erected in the 1970s, up to code, he said.

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