LITTLE VILLAGE — A family doctor is trying to expand his clinic and open a pharmacy in Little Village.
Dr. Manish Shukla wants to add a partial second floor at the former Birdie Pak butcher shop, 3925 W. 31st St., for his medical practice.
The clinic would include more than a dozen examination rooms, procedure rooms, waiting rooms, doctors’ offices and a pharmacy. They would also add five parking spaces for patients at the site, Mark Kupiec, a zoning attorney, told residents at at Tuesday night community meeting.
The proposal requires a zoning change for the second-floor addition, which would add 2,900 square feet for the clinic.
Shukla, who has practiced in the neighborhood for more than two decades, said he had “outgrown” his location at 3943 W. 31st St. and the expanded space will allow him to better serve patients.
In addition to family medicine, Shukla said he aims to bring “a pharmacy, more services for patients … and [try] to bring other specialists so there is less running around for patients to do.”
“I’m trying to house multiple specialities at the same location,” he said.
The pharmacy will not be exclusive to patients of the clinic and would be open to any person with a prescription, Shukla said.
Shukla said the walk-up clinic would be open to residents who are uninsured.
If there’s no significant opposition to the plan, Ald. Michael Rodriguez (22nd) said the proposal would be submitted to the zoning committee later this month.
If approved by the city, Shukla said construction could take anywhere from nine months to one year.
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