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Ellis looks up to add parking

Hospital seeks 2 more levels for Nott St. garage

Monday, June 3, 2013
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This story has been updated to correct the location of the expanded parking garage.

Ellis Hospital wants to add parking in the only place it has left: Up.

Hospital officials have filed plans with the city asking for permission to add two levels to a parking garage to be built on Rosa Road.

The new levels would bring the total to 420 spaces.

The extra-tall garage, at 58 feet, requires a waiver from the Zoning Board of Appeals. The board will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

The project has been on Ellis’ dream list since its Emergency Department construction project began. But the hospital didn’t have enough room in the budget for it, said spokesman Matt Van Pelt.

Then, construction and demolition of some old parts of the hospital came in under budget, giving the hospital enough money for the garage.

“We avoided unforeseen costs in demolition and foundation work, so we had the room in the budget,” Van Pelt said.

Spaces for patients

Hospital employees won’t get to enjoy the roomier garage, however.

“This was to address the demand we anticipate from our patients,” Van Pelt said. “This is just for our patients and their families to use.”

Some employees had been allowed to park in the garage before the construction project began. When they were told they had to move to the hospital’s off-site parking lots, some tried to park at adjacent Sunnyview Rehabilitation.

That hospital posted notices in the shared hallway that runs between the two facilities, and then posted letters on individual cars. Finally, it got the employees’ attention when it towed some cars away.

If the garage expansion is approved, it would be done by July 2014, Van Pelt said.

The entire Emergency Department project is slated to be complete by January 2015.

 
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June 3, 2013
12:59 a.m.
Fritzdawg says...

St. Peters built an addition that is larger than the entire Ellis complex in less time than they are taking with that seriously substandard garage.

June 3, 2013
6:28 a.m.
gina99 says...

It hasn't been on any neighbors "dream list". A never ending construction zone which sounds like a helicopter landing starting at 6:30 AM. Between high taxing Mayor McCarthy and this sonic boom good luck with your resales.

June 3, 2013
3:25 p.m.
ThePhilistine says...

What a joke get your Ellis workers some parking on site so they will stop taking up all the surrounding neighborhoods parking spots that are needed by the tax paying residents who live there. The off site lots are underused by staff and people are sick of the loud rude elllis workers parking in front of their houses for 12 hours at a time. DENY THEM THE ZONING until they fix this ongoing issue.

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