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Heard on the Street: Pregnancy center flees Broadway construction

August 7, 2018

To avoid the reconstruction of North Broadway, a non-profit focusing on pregnancy is moving to a new Southeast Rochester home.

First Care Pregnancy Center, which represents New Life Family Services, plans to move from its longtime spot at 902 North Broadway to 40 16th St. SE, said New Life Executive Director Tammy Kocher.

The hope is to make the move by the end of this year.

“With the upcoming significant construction on Broadway, and our lease ending around the same time, we felt it was a perfect opportunity to look for other spaces that would better suit our needs,” Kocher said.

New Life/First Care will move into a 4,000-square spot in the 16th Street building, which many know as the former Banfield Clinic.

Graham Building LLC of Rochester purchased the center for $700,000 from the Banfield family on July 1. The new owner is now renovating the 5,600-square-foot building to prepare for New Life/First Care.

New Life/First Care is an organization with a Christian focus that provides free services, such as parenting education, ultrasounds, sexually transmitted infection testing and post-abortion support. It is also a licensed adoption agency, serving both birth families and adoptive families.

The Rochester office has five staff members and serves about 1,500 clients a year.

In anticipation of the building sale and the renovation, several tenants were asked to leave in June.

One of those tenants, Sandy Ann’s Hairstyling, had been located on the north end of the building for 39 years. Sandy Ann’s moved to the 125 Live senior center in northwest Rochester.

Kirk Boyum’s Edward D. Jones financial services office and Asian Style Massage are the two tenants who remain in the complex.

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