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Massena Center For Sight moving out of downtown

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MASSENA —The Center For Sight will leave its downtown location this month for an office behind Massena Memorial Hospital, at 25 Hospital Drive.

The eye care center has occupied a space at 48 Main St. for the last couple of years, according to Gillian S. Maitland, a company representative.

The business was looking for a larger office which could house a retail space for eyeglasses. Massena is the only location in the six-office chain without a retail space, she said.

The lack of on-site parking at the downtown location is a challenge for many customers, Ms. Maitland said. The Hospital Drive location will have an adjacent lot.

For the past two years Center for Sight had been leasing space from Carmen Burley, owner of Family Eye Care on Main Street, that had previously housed Dr. Gary Torbey.

The opthamologist had moved his practice from Main Street to 27 Hospital Drive.

Center For Sight considers the move a reinvestment in Massena, Ms. Maitland said. The proximity to MMH is another reason for the move.

“Downtown is great but it was a problem with the parking,” she said. “We’re excited about the new space. It’s going to be really nice to be right behind the hospital.”

Center For Sight will move by the end of the month, Ms. Maitland said. The company also is hiring an optometrist, Dr. Heather Melanson, to work exclusively at the Massena location.

The Hospital Drive space was formerly home to Dr. Roger Sullivan’s office. The state Department of Health suspended Dr. Sullivan’s medical license for at least one year last fall following an investigation.

Center For Sight’s move is the latest change during a period of transition downtown. Next door, the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its move from 50 Main St. to the former Adath Israel Synagogue on Church Street.

Across the street, the former Main Street Florist & Gift Shop will become the new location for Studio 162 hair salon by fall.

On the next block, Clopman’s Furniture closed July 27 after operating for over 80 years downtown. But at 2 Main St., the Cakery, a cake-themed bakery and cafe, may open this fall.

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