Hospital expansion plans become a reality

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PENTICTON - The dream of an expansion to the Penticton Regional Hospital is becoming a reality with city planners introducing the groundwork and initial planning stages to council  Monday.

Tentative structure plans (requested by Interior Health to kickstart the budget process), were shown to council for the first time during the City Council meeting, Oct. 6. The proposed site plan includes the patient care tower, an outdoor plaza, additional parking and the creation of 1900 jobs during the construction period.

There will be a construction bid and the city will choose a company for the job at the end of 2015.

Council first needs to approve the technicalities, including zoning changes so a taller building can be constructed on the property.

“We’re going to see the benefits of (this project) for decades to come in our community,” said Coun. Katie Robinson. “We can’t get it built fast enough.”

Approval of the hospital expansion was announced in July, after years of advocating by city officials, health care officials, and the community.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at marcher@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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