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Expansion of Wilson Street medical building planned by owner

Dr. Nader Fahmy plans to stay at an expanded medical building in downtown Ancaster, but the family doctor’s plans for redevelopment of three other Wilson Street East properties are not yet clear.

Fahmy currently operates his practice at 385 Wilson St. E., which is owned by Hamilton doctor Allen Greenspoon. He and business partner Andrew Thistlethwaite are planning a significant redevelopment of the former Canada Post building into a three-storey, 20,000-square-foot health-care centre.

“The vision I have is to provide comprehensive health care in Ancaster,” Greenspoon said last week.

Greenspoon said he is talking to other medical practitioners, including lab operators and other services. He confirmed Fahmy has been invited to be part of the new medical group. About 10 different doctors could find a home in the redeveloped medical centre.

Fahmy’s $2.1-million bid for 398, 402 and 406 Wilson St. E. was accepted earlier this month by Canada Trust in a court-ordered sale to pay off the former owner’s mortgage,.

“The plan is to develop the properties,” Fahmy said “What will be there, it’s not decided. It’s too early.”

But the family doctor said he does intend to keep the historically designated stone building at 398 Wilson, currently home to Hanley’s Eyewear, and 402 Wilson, currently home to Brown Dog Coffee Shoppe.

When asked if there might be alterations to the existing buildings, Fahmy said, “of course.”

When asked if a new medical building on the properties is a possibilty, Fahmy said that has not been decided yet.

“Those two buildings will stay. That’s what I know,” Fahmy said.

When asked if he plans to stay in the redeveloped medical centre at 385 Wilson St. E., or if he is considering relocating his practice, Fahmy said: “No. I’m not moving. I don’t plan to move.”

Greenspoon said it’s hard to operate a solo medical practice today. He said having several partners and various medical services in one location – similar to his Wellington Medical Centre on Victoria Avenue North in Hamilton – allows doctors to have a life outside of their practice and meet more patient’s needs. Greenspoon said he started in his own practice, joined a larger group, then opened Wellington.

“It allows me to better serve my patients,” Greenspoon said. “And it’s what I want to put in Ancaster.”

Thistlethwaite said they have been talking to members of the downtown Ancaster community to ensure the structure they build fits in with the surrounding historical character.

The target date for completion is the summer of 2016.

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