A Weymouth-based chain of walk-in urgent-care clinics goes before the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals next week for permission to open an outlet in what is now a closed martial arts center next to where the Panera used to be on Spring Street in West Roxbury.
As mayor, Thomas Menino famously campaigned to keep such clinics out of Boston, in particular CVS's MinuteClinics. Several neighborhood health centers and hospitals in Boston do operate urgent-care centers, where people can walk in and get medical attention.
Dr. Christopher Whelan's Health Care Express would be the first for-profit urgent-care clinic in Boston, and the chain's first outlet outside the South Shore.
Medical clinics are a "conditional" use in the strip mall next to the Star Market, which means they're allowed, after a review by the zoning board. In his application, Whelan writes the clinic would provide "walk in, high quality medical care from an emergency-room trained doctor that is both fast and convenient."
The zoning-board hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, in the board's eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.