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Renovated Chelsea STD Clinic To Reopen Later This Year, City Says

 The Chelsea Clinic at 303 Ninth Ave., between West 27th and 28th streets.
The Chelsea Clinic at 303 Ninth Ave., between West 27th and 28th streets.
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DNAinfo/Maya Rajamani

CHELSEA — A public STD clinic that closed for renovations more than two years ago will be up and running later this year, a city official said.

The Chelsea Clinic at 303 Ninth Ave., between West 27th and 28th streets, will reopen in late 2017, a spokesman for the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Monday.

“Complete renovations and upgrades will create both a welcoming environment and a place that is better designed to offer sexual health services into [the] future," the DOH spokesman wrote in an email Monday.

The facility closed temporarily for renovations in March 2015, around the same time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that found Chelsea had a higher syphilis infection rate than any other city in the country.

The city stationed a mobile testing unit outside the clinic and relocated services to other clinics in light of activists and elected officials' concerns about the loss of services in the neighborhood.

The department doesn’t yet have a more specific opening date for the clinic, the spokesman noted.