Southwest Florida Roundup
Neighborhood buzz: Hospital's expansion raises hopes for a Sarasota neighborhood
When Jetson Grimes looks at the new building across the street from his barbershop in Sarasota’s Newtown neighborhood, he sees “a big step forward.”
The building, home to a Sarasota Memorial Hospital medical clinic, is scheduled to open this month in the heart of the economically depressed, predominately African-American community.
“You have to start changing the perception, and the perception has been that this is an unsafe area,” says Grimes, who has been cutting hair in Newtown for more than 50 years. “But when you see this, it tells people that it’s all right to be here, that it’s safe to be here. It sends the message that, if the hospital can invest here, then you can, too.”
So far, the hospital has invested $2.2 million in its 6,000-sq.-ft. Newtown Internal Medicine clinic.
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