WellSpan is razing a former York City nightclub to make way for a new family medicine practice.

The health care provider recently purchased the 7,383-square-foot property at 1401 Roosevelt Ave., which was left vacant when Banana Max relocated to Springettsbury Township last year.

WellSpan will demolish the building, which was also once home to a Damon's Grill, sometime between now and mid-April, said spokesman Barry Sparks.

The company will host a groundbreaking by mid-April and begin construction on a 6,100-square-foot family medical practice.

WellSpan expects the new practice to open in November, he said.

The new location is close to the planned site of Memorial Hospital, but Sparks said that has nothing to do with WellSpan's latest expansion.

Memorial Health Systems, purchased by Nashville-based Community Health Systems Inc. in July, is expected to move to a new, replacement hospital at the former Hawk Lake Golf Course in West Manchester Township. Construction will begin in about two years at the site, which is less than a mile from WellSpan's new location.

Convenience: "We're not looking at that. We're looking at how to best meet the needs of our patients," Sparks said.

The company has a long-standing commitment to give people easy access to health care, he said.

"We want to make sure patients don't have to travel very far, and that part of the community is a growing area," he said.


WellSpan now has more than 70 locations and 9,000 employees throughout York and Adams counties, but most of the locations and jobs are in York County, Sparks said.

The company has expanded with the needs of York County's aging population, said Bob Jensenius, executive vice president of the York County Economic Alliance.

"WellSpan is a critical piece of the York County mosaic. Clearly, health care is a critical part of York County as we age. WellSpan has been at the forefront of those needs," he said.