SCHENECTADY — Ellis Medicine is moving forward with plans to replace its aging Nott Street parking garage with a new, larger garage on the same footprint.
Ellis will hold a virtual public information session Tuesday evening so community members can ask questions about the plan, which will go before the city Planning Commission at its Feb. 16 meeting.
The 1,200-space garage would stand six stories tall and replace the existing 700-space garage, which not only requires continual maintenance but is too small for the needs of Ellis Hospital and the Medical Arts Building, both of which are connected to the garage.
Ellis has ballparked the cost of replacement at $30 million. It received a $2 million state grant in 2021 to make a dent in the price tag. Ellis has said that cost savings realized when the new garage is complete will help defray the remaining $28 million in construction costs.
Ellis said it spends $900,000 a year on maintenance of the existing garage and incurs additional costs shuttling employees to and from satellite parking lots because the current garage can’t fit all the vehicles operated by staff, patients and visitors.
The maintenance costs would diminish and the satellite parking cost should evaporate once the new structure is in use.
Temporary parking will be arranged while the old garage is demolished and its replacement is constructed.
The project has been in the works for a few years: A consultant working for Ellis told The Gazette in 2017 that the work was needed, and the project was part of the master plan issued the following year.
The consultant said he was aware much controversy surrounded the proposal to build a 386-space garage on the other side of the Ellis campus, along Rosa Road.
Neighbors there were unhappy about the prospect of an imposing concrete structure becoming their view.
The consultant said the Nott Street garage upgrade is different enough from the Rosa Road project that it might not draw the same opposition:
There’s already a large garage there now and it’s partly obscured from view, with a school rather than neighbors’ homes across the street.
Also, the new garage would have 71% more capacity than the existing garage, potentially reducing another concern neighbors have had over the years: Hospital-bound motorists parking in the street rather than in the garage.
What: Ellis Medicine will hold a digital forum to share details and hear questions or comments about its proposal to replace the garage on Nott and Ulster streets.
When: 6:30 to 7:30 PM, Tuesday, Feb. 8
Join by web: bit.ly/EllisParking
Join by phone: (646) 876-9923
Meeting ID: 898 3369 9340
Participant ID: #
Note: ‘#’ is correct as a Participant ID