Open Door Purchases Building in Sleepy Hollow

Number One New Broadway will be the new home for the Open Door, once extensive renovations are complete.

The Open Door Family Medical Center, currently housed on Beekman Avenue across from the Morse School, has recently purchased a building at the corner of Route 9 and New Broadway.

This larger space provides a better floor plan and more usable space than the current leased property on Beekman.  The Open Door won a federal Heal 19 Grant to fund the purchase. 

The Open Door hopes to provide expanded programs in their new facility, such as a residency program in family medicine for medical students. 

Desta Lakew, director of development for the Open Door, says that these new programs all need state approval. The residency program application was made jointly with Phelps Hospital and New York College of Medicine. 

Approval of a new residency program can take months or years, Ms. Deskew explained.  But the proposal made to the state envisions three medical students in the first year, an additional three the second, and three more in the third, for a total of nine students doing family medicine rotations through the Sleepy Hollow facility, under the supervision of Phelps  and the New York College of Medicine in Valhalla.

The building at One New Broadway, while recently renovated by Grotto Plumbing, has stood vacant for several years.  Extensive renovations will be needed in order to make it compatable with medical services. Because of the lengthly process of state approval, Lakew says that it's too early to tell when renovations will begin.

"We hope to be fully operational in our new space by 2015," Lakew says.

The Open Door Clinic on Beekman currently serves 3,300 patients in the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow zip code, most of whom walk or take car services to the facility.  They have recently added a new physician to their staff, giving them to potential to serve 1,500 more patients.

The services offered include family medicine (all ages,) family planning, HIV services, laboratory serivces, mental health, podiatry, and WIC. 

The Open Door Family Medical Center  is a not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center and an Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Center operating ten service sites located in four of Westchester County's most densely populated Villages: Ossining and Sleepy Hollow on the Hudson River, Port Chester on the Long Island Sound; and Mt. Kisco located in the center of northern Westchester. Open Door is accredited by the Joint Commission and received Level 3 NCQA recognition as a patient centered medical home in 2009.

Most recently, September 2010, Open Door received notice of receipt of The HIMSS (Healthcare Information & Management Systems) Davies Awards of Excellence which recognizes excellence in the implementation of and value of health information technology. Open Door was recognized for quality reporting tools to achieve care quality and operational efficiency as well as for embracing knowledge sharing and collaboration with numerous partners to improve healthcare system efficiencies and benefits.

Most major insurance providers are accepted, and services are offered on a sliding scale.  No one is turned away, regardless of ability to pay. Over 93% of patients have incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, earning incomes of less than $44,000 for a family of four.


Robert Solari February 22, 2011 at 12:28 PM
Why couldn't we just let the plumber run his business out of this building? Now this building is exempt from paying taxes.
Burt February 22, 2011 at 12:37 PM
The bottom line is that we have lost another major property tax payer ! When is it going to end? I think that more than 50% of the properties in the village are tax exempt. If you combine Hospitals, Schools, Churches (and properties owned by Churches) and all the "not-for-profit" group homes and organizations, we have one of the most lob sided tax base in the County. To give you an example, the multiple dwelling at the corner of Beekman Ave and Clinton St, which was built a few years ago, it's tax exempt. I was told by a village official that since it was owned by a non-for-profit organization to house their employees, it qualified for tax exemption? It is not the Village's fault that we are now going to loose at least $50,000 per year in combined taxes (my est.) However, maybe the village should be proactive and get involved in large property sales. Perhaps advising the Realtor that the Village is willing to negotiate some kind of property tax break until the business or landlord gets on his/her/their feet. I am sure that the property tax bill was a big turn off for prospective buyers. Remember, commercial tax rates are higher than residential.
Jay Michael February 22, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Not for profit/religious should get a tax break but should still have to pay something. I think 1/2 sounds fair.
Burt February 22, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Robert Solari: I agree with you 100%. The village makes it very difficult for businesses to come into the village and/or maintain a commercial property here. They gave this plumbing company so much grief over parking etc. Instead of having some activity in the mornings and afternoons ,when the employees returned from the field, now it's going to be all day and night, at least 6 days per week, with nothing to show for it! A perfect example is not allowing the new restaurant at the bottom of Beekman to have stools at the bar. Very frustrating!
Wonderboy February 22, 2011 at 11:08 PM
"Ossining and Sleepy Hollow on the Hudson River, Port Chester on the Long Island Sound; and Mt. Kisco located in the center of northern Westchester. " All municipalities mentioned are overflowing with Latino and Hispanic Illegal immigrants. Who funds Open Doors, Taxpayers? Who the hell would want to live next door to something like that, I mean, is that area zoned for that type of business? I'm far from racist, but I am sick and tired my taxpaying money supporting these type of places and patrons of these establishments who under-report their cash income for nearly free service. Don't worry, it's all catching up to NY, takes a little longer, but it's coming, the financial collapse that is...
Wonderboy February 22, 2011 at 11:17 PM
No, no, they take car services lol... Paid for again, by taxpayers (medicaid).
Robert Solari February 22, 2011 at 11:29 PM
I'm glad everyone agrees that the Village dropped the ball on this one.
Robert Solari February 22, 2011 at 11:40 PM
I would think that the mojority of the 3500 patients do not drive? So were probably going to have to hire a full time crossing guard. And people want to complain about GM traffic.
Janice Landrum February 22, 2011 at 11:53 PM
Just wanted to clarify. The Open Door's hours currently are Monday 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM Tuesday 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM Wednesday 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM Thursday 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
audra buell March 17, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Open door's clients are at ;least 50% illegals. Many of these people have jobs paying in excess of$500 cash weekly[About #30,000 yearly if taxable] Many are willing to pay but open door's employees tell them to understate their income because then they can file for Medicare and get these people extra services they don't even want ON OUR MONEY.
Alan March 17, 2011 at 04:53 PM
Yes, isn't it ludicrous and wrong that a restaurant can open up on Beekman Ave and not be allowed to have bar stools at the bar? This is exactly what has happened to the new Moon River Grill. Is this really being done in the interest of the whole village? Or is is being done to protect the narrow interests of other restaurants or bars who happen to be influential in local politics and don't like the competition?
Wonderboy March 17, 2011 at 06:13 PM
I guess this Obama health care thing will be sticking around after all. Driving around, I see so many "coming soon" medical centers and such. Places like open door cater to illegals, it contributes to the elimination of the middle class. Think about it, you have to be either poor or rich to have free or affordable health care. Our health care used to be free, but now they are taking $$ out of my paycheck....
Theresa Brick November 03, 2011 at 02:27 AM
I agree with Wonderboy and the general consensus on this one. Years ago I asked a friend of mine with a LEGAL Hispanic backround why I see so many illegals driving huge, brand new cars and outbidding me on several houses in town. She told me with shame(and some fear), that the cars are stolen, and that they send one family to look at & buy a house, when it's actually about 30 people throwing money into the pot to buy, update, & sell. Of course, they will all live there, too. I was househunting in S.H. 10 years ago, and almost every house I saw was packed to the rafters with mattresses and people, and in deplorable condition. 10 years ago! If this village was ever serious about enforcing the law and health codes, they could just ask the first realtor they saw. Ironically, I almost bought a house right next to that property. I'm glad I listened to my gut and gave up in disgust .
Aintthatascam November 03, 2011 at 11:49 AM
I know a lot of people who can use that $500 a week, some are down on Wall St. By the way, don't forget the people receiving benefits LIE on their paperwork, this goes for low income housing too.
Blue November 03, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Why wouldn't they have bought the old bank on Wildey? Its a much shorter walk for their client base .
ASleepyBoy November 03, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Alan, Moon River Grill has been granted the right to have barstools.
Janice Landrum December 12, 2011 at 08:47 PM
One difficulty with using the Strand as a theater will probably be the current parking/zoning regulations and availability of street parking, though I'd love to see a theater there, too.


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