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ECH seeks parking use for newly acquired property

Elizabethtown Community Hospital purchased a parcel across from the hospital grounds, which will be developed further at a later date.

Elizabethtown Community Hospital purchased a parcel across from the hospital grounds, which will be developed further at a later date. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “The hospital’s main parking lot should be utilized, as much as possible, for patients,” Hooper said. “ECH purchased the property for potential future use. Long-term plans have yet to be determined. In the meantime, we would like to use the property for temporary parking for staff.”

Currently, the hospital has 81 parking spaces; 11 of those handicapped. Hooper said that daily, there are 150-plus staff members along with a number of students and 52 outpatient visits, not including visitors. Helicopter landing at ECH is a factor, as cars must be removed from the main parking lot.

“This removes clinical staff from the building, creates an incredible amount of congestion along Park Street and contributes to a significant safety issue in the area,” Hooper said.

Both Hooper and Bartley said they were hopeful the matter would be resolved Sept. 20.

“We are hoping that this will all be resolved at that point,” Hooper said.

“We have sent out letters from the ZBA to the appropriate property owners about the hearing date,” Bartley said. “This is in the hands of the ZBA now, and I hope that they get the changes that they feel they need and we can get things done legally and protect the neighborhood from a zoning sense.”

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