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Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) expects to break ground early next year on the construction of a satellite health clinic on Main Street in Ramona.

The clinic is to be staffed by PPH's partner, Arch Health Partners, and is expected to open summer 2013. Construction is expected to cost about $2 million. Funding is coming from Proposition BB, the construction bond measure approved by North County voters in 2004.

The Ramona Community Planning Group provided a critical vote Oct. 6 that is allowing the project to move forward. The planning group voted unanimously to approve plans that reduce the size of the clinic from 36,650 square feet to 7,600 square feet. The project was scaled down after a tentative partner was unable to participate. The facility can be expanded in the future.

The Ramona Design Review Board is to vote on the project on Oct. 24. The county's Planning and Land Use and Building departments must also approve the project.

The one-story clinic will offer primary care, urgent care and other services. It is to be located between 13th and 14th streets with access point on 13th Street.

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