Auburn Community Hospital expects ample parking for visitors and staff if its proposed 12,000-square-foot cancer treatment center is built where an existing 150-space lot currently stands.
That finding came from an independent parking study commissioned by the hospital after residents and city officials raised concerns at a March Auburn planning board meeting about the project.
The hospital’s proposal will be back before the board on Tuesday now that an analysis of the parking request has been completed.
The hospital is partnering with Rochester developer Park Grove Realty LLC and North Syracuse Medical University Hospital on the project, which would be located at the corner of Lansing and North streets. The 1.14 acre lot would be sold to Park Grove and leased by the hospital. The major expansion would allow the hospital to add radiation oncology services to its cancer treatment offerings, which it launched in early 2020 in partnership with upstate cancer doctors.
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The project must be approved by the town planning council. At a public hearing on the proposal held at the council meeting in March, two residents expressed concern about the availability of parking, an issue that was also raised by some members of the planning board and staff at the city.
Therefore, the site plan approval vote was tabled until a study is completed. The hospital engaged Rochester-based engineering consulting firm SRF Associates to assess the parking situation, a process that included a survey of on-site parking stall occupancy numbers.
According to the study, the hospital is currently experiencing a peak occupancy of 88%, or 653 of the total 742 occupied spaces. But that data includes temporary construction vehicles and vehicles for employees who will no longer be working on the main campus as some offices move.
Based on projected demand, as well as the expansion of a parking lot the hospital uses for staff on Park Avenue, the study concluded that future peak demand would be 642 spaces, while availability would be 674 places.
“Staff recommends that approval of the site plan be conditional upon implementation of the considerations outlined in the parking application assessment,” Stephen Selvek, deputy director of community planning and development, wrote in a memo. from May 27 to the planning council.
In its certificate of need application filed Dec. 29 with the state Department of Health, the hospital said Upstate Medical University will provide clinical physicians, technologists, and supervision of the management while the center will be operated by ACH. It will operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the space will include seven exam rooms, a consultation room, a CT room, a linear accelerator treatment vault, control rooms, a patient treatment planning/dosimetry, eight infusion rooms and staff office space.
Hospital officials, who hoped to begin construction this spring, said the project would take about a year.
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