SCHENECTADY — A new $30 million parking structure is coming to the campus of Ellis Hospital after the city’s Planning Commission approved plans for the project Wednesday.
The new structure will be built in the same location as the existing parking garage constructed 44 years ago at the corner of Nott Street and Ulster Avenue that hospital officials say they have outgrown and requires thousands in maintenance costs annually.
“There is a real genuine need on the Ellis Hospital site for a new parking structure,” said Philip Schwartz, a hospital spokesman.
The new structure will be narrower compared to the existing structure and include eight levels and a total of 1,200 parking spots, nearly doubling the 740 spots of the existing four-story structure.
Additional green space will be added along Ulster Avenue to reduce stormwater runoff and improve curb appeal. The structure will also mirror the facade of the hospital’s Rosa Road parking garage.
Demolition of the current structure is expected to begin later this summer and the new concrete, precast structure will be installed using a crane that will remain on site throughout the construction process, which is expected to take 16 months.
Hospital officials have been in communication with city school officials to ensure the safety of Oneida Middle School students. The school sits directly across Ulster Avenue from the construction site.
The hospital is also working on parking plans to ensure minimal disruptions to local neighborhoods. Plans currently call for shuttling employees to the hospital from nearby parking lots, including a hospital-owned lot on Hillside Avenue. Ellis Medicine also owns a parking lot adjacent to the parking garage on Ulster Avenue.
Schwartz said the hospital is planning to continue outreach in the coming months.
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