During the February 26, 2019 Work Session, Council removed from the table the CUP concerning the redevelopment of the Old Hospital. The CUP was tabled during the February 12, 2019 Council Work Session meeting at the request of Healthcare Development Partners.
Council discussed how the applicant has modified the request based on community feedback. For instance, the applicant eliminated the 25-foot setback waiver request as they have incorporated 27,000 square feet of green space on the ground and over 12,000 square feet on the roof. To meet this requirement, they reduced the proposed addition to just under 337,000 square feet which is less than the old hospital size in 1990. The developer proposes screening to loading and storage areas that do not currently have screening to reduce the impact to the neighborhood. Preliminary landscape plans and a revised footprint layout were presented. More green space was added between the building and Clifford and Cork Streets creating approximately ⅔ of the required green space on the ground level and the rest on the roof. Staff recommended some conditions for Council to consider implementing for this CUP including that the landscaping meet the 25% standard and up to one-third of the 25% can be on the roof; the screening must remain in good repair and closed; the property must be a taxable development; and the transportation plan must be implemented.
A video illustrating the design of the Class A facility from street level was shown to illustrate the impact and how the building will fit into the existing footprint. The landscape architect spoke about the importance of adding as many plants and trees as possible to reduce the impact to the neighborhood on all three sides as requested by residents. Council asked about traffic counts. In 2015 before the Meadow Branch Avenue extension, the number of vehicles using Stewart Street between Cork and Boscawen was 8,100 per day. In 2017, after the Meadow Branch Avenue extension was completed, the number of vehicles was reduced to 6,800 per day. For parking, there will be 346 total parking spaces when completed and it is projected that capacity will not be reached even during peak times.
After further discussion, Council forwarded the CUP to the next Work Session with 10 conditions including the previously mentioned conditions in addition to a parking plan, a delivery plan and a requirement that the facility be used as an independent living/assisted living/memory care facility. A public hearing and potential vote will be held at the March 12, 2019 regular Council meeting.