Medical Building Proposed For Lobster Claw Site

By: Staff Reports

A rendering of the proposed new medical building at the current Lobster Claw location at 42 Route 6A.

ORLEANS — Cape Cod Healthcare is proposing to redevelop the Lobster Claw restaurant property at 42 Route 6A, demolishing the existing structure and constructing a $5.6 million, 6,500-square-foot, multi-use medical building.

The facility will offer primary, specialty and urgent care services, with on-site x-ray and lab drawing for the Lower and Outer Cape regions beginning in 2022, according to a press release.

The nonprofit organization was scheduled to make an informal presentation to the site plan review committee yesterday (Nov. 18). According to the application, the project will include “significant streetscape improvements” as well as new parking, entries and exits, and stormwater upgrades. Four to five full-time physicians would be employed at the facility.

A traffic assessment by VHB, Inc. concludes that the medical use will generate substantially less traffic than the restaurant at most times except weekday mornings, when there would be an increase of 15 trips per hour.

Part of the existing building, which is 6,995 square feet, dates to 1880. It has been a restaurant for 80 years and was operated since 1970 by Don and Marylou Berig. They closed the 260-seat and retired in September. They remain owners of the property, according to the site plan review application.

“Increasing access to the best possible care for our community is a fundamental part of our mission,” Michael Lauf, president and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare, said in a statement. “The new medical building will provide patients from the Lower Cape down to Provincetown with more convenient access to high quality patient care services. This modern medical facility will also help support our efforts to recruit new primary care physicians to Cape Cod.”