United Hospital plans new parking lot

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 11:20 am on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Spectrum Health United Hospital officials have plans to demolish the human resources building at the corner of Bower and Oak streets in Greenville to make room for a new staff parking lot. This will open up more parking spaces closer to the hospital for patients and visitors. Work is expected to begin this spring. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

GREENVILLE — Spectrum Health United Hospital will move forward next spring with plans to demolish one of its buildings to make space for a parking lot, which will help alleviate crowded lots.

The special land use permit was unanimously approved by the Greenville Planning Commission on Thursday, because an off-site lot requires a special land use permit. The project will demolish the human resources building at the corner of Bower and Oak streets to allow for an approximate 20-space parking lot.

“It’s a pretty simple site plan,” said Tim Johnson, a planning consultant for the city of Greenville. A pathway connecting the lot to the public sidewalk and two retention areas are also part of the project.

The parking lot would essentially be an add-on to the recently constructed lot just to the north of the human resources building, Johnson said.

The purpose of the project,  according to Mark Jones of United Hospital, will open up additional parking for faculty, which will in turn free up more space for patients and visitors.

“It would serve mostly the employees, leaving more room in our main parking lot for out patients,” Jones said. “We’re getting really crowded.”

With the go-ahead from the city planning commission, hospital officials could begin construction, but with the winter months approaching, that will likely be held off until thaw.

“Being this late in the season, we probably wouldn’t do anything until the spring,” Jones said.

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