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Staff Report Form for Study Meeting Items - GovDelivery

Staff Report Form for Study Meeting Items - GovDelivery

ANALYSIS Site Location

ANALYSIS Site Location The subject site is located at 110 Terminal Avenue, at the end of Terminal Avenue, in the Belle Haven neighborhood. The proposed use would be located within an existing building known as the Belle Haven Senior Center. The campus also includes the Onetta Harris Community Center, the Belle Haven Pool, and Kelly Park. Beechwood School, a private school, is located adjacent to the subject parcel to the east, and shares the same vehicular access and parking facilities with the other noted civic uses. The immediate uses surrounding the campus are a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) substation to the south, Highway 101 to the west, the Dumbarton rail corridor to the north, and duplexes and single-family residential uses to the east. The greater Belle Haven community is predominantly residential, primarily single-family residences in the R-1-U (Single-Family Urban) residential zoning district, with some commercial, other civic, and multi-family residential uses throughout the neighborhood. Project Description The applicant is requesting a use permit to allow a non-profit agency to operate a health clinic in the P-F zoning district, where such use is conditionally permitted unless operated by a governmental entity or public school district. Although a clinic has been in operation at the site for almost 20 years, the previously County-run organization did not require use permit review and approval. The South County Community Health Center, Inc. was founded by a coalition of community partners and RFHC opened its primary facility on Bay Road in East Palo Alto in December 2001. RFHC was created to respond to significant health disparities within a low-income, multi-cultural area with disproportionate health and social service needs living in East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, and North Fair Oaks in Redwood City. RFHC has developed an integrated service delivery system built on collaborations and affiliations with other health and social services such as Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and San Mateo Medical Center and Clinics, and its mission is to ensure that people of all ages have access to primary care medical services regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status. The clinic in Belle Haven serves as a satellite campus to the main campus in East Palo Alto, and is intended to serve the Belle Haven neighborhood and not be a regional clinic. The RFHC occupies approximately 2,250 square feet of space of an existing building shared with the Senior Center. However, the RFHC operates independently and is accessible via its own private entrance. The RFHC has four exam rooms, a health education room, triage room, nurses’ station and administrative offices. The applicant is not proposing to modify the current usage or layout of the space. 110 Terminal Avenue/South Community Health Center PC/04-02-12/Page 2

Services With the transition to RFHC, the scope of services provided at the clinic has broadened beyond serving primarily the senior population, and provides services in pediatric care, immunizations, women’s health services, and community outreach and health education. However, maintaining access to seniors is an important priority, especially since the clinic is co-located with the Senior Center. For care not offered or available at the Belle Haven clinic, the patients are referred to the East Palo Alto campus or the most appropriate medical facility. Hours of Operation The Clinic currently operates five days a week for a total of 36 hours. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, the clinic is open from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (closed 12-1 P.M. for lunch), and on Tuesdays, from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. The clinic is closed on Tuesday mornings for staff meetings. The applicant states that the Clinic has reached its space capacity for the current hours of operation given the current space of four exam rooms in the building. The only opportunity for growth beyond the current utilization would be to provide evening or weekend clinic services. The RFHC does not anticipate operating on the weekends at this site since medical services are already offered in East Palo Alto on Saturday for any patient in the system. However, the Clinic would like the flexibility to operate on the weekends for an occasional medical event like a special immunization clinic if need arises. If evening hours are needed, the applicant believes they would extend the hours of operation to 8:00 P.M. Staffing and Patient Rates The Clinic has a maximum of 11 staff members on any given day, and several are local residents. The applicant estimates an average of 3.8 visits per hour with approximately 27 patients per day on a full day. While most of the patients drive to their appointments, the applicant estimates that 20 percent may use alternative means of transportation. Therefore, it is estimated that the parking demand for the Clinic is approximately 14 spaces per hour. The Clinic shares the parking lots with the other uses at the campus, including Beechwood School, but given the relatively low demand for parking and the approximately 150 parking spaces at the campus, the proposed use should not negatively impact the parking. Correspondence Staff has not received any correspondence on the proposed project. Conclusion With RFHC, the residents of Belle Haven have access to a comprehensive set of health services. The RFHC provides a broader scope of services than the former County facility and is able to address more needs in a place closer to home. The proposed use, 110 Terminal Avenue/South Community Health Center PC/04-02-12/Page 3

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