Fayetteville planners consider four-story hospital expansion

This drawing gives some idea of how Piedmont Fayette Hospital's new four-story addition would look.

This drawing gives some idea of how Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s new four-story addition would look.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital officially submitted development plans to Fayetteville earlier this month for their proposed 87,000-square-foot, four-story addition to the northeast side of the hospital building.

While Planning and Zoning Commission members got their first briefing on the project during their April regular meeting, they were scheduled to review and vote on the hospital’s development plans at Tuesday night’s meeting.

According to the hospital’s proposal, the 12,186-square-foot ground level would provide space for mechanical and electrical equipment; the 27,917-square-foot first floor would provide room for Emergency Department expansion, a Medical Assessment Unit and lobby space; the 23,446-square-foot second floor would offer a 30-bed surgical unit catering to dialysis patients; and the 23,451-square-foot third floor would feature 21 medical/surgical beds and nine observation beds.

“The areas will be built in multiple phases to keep the existing emergency services in operation,” Fayetteville Planner Julie Brown wrote in a memo to Planning and Zoning Commission members.

“Over the years, the hospital has completed multiple additions to the hospital building and campus and has a good track record for continuity of design related to these projects,” Brown continued in her memo. “Consistent with that, the exterior design of this proposed addition will again blend with the existing appearance, structural and mechanical systems of the hospital campus.”

This latest proposed expansion of Piedmont Fayette Hospital would coincide with development of the nearby first phase of Pinewood Forrest, a 232-acre mixed-use village being planned for development across Veterans Parkway from the Pinewood Atlanta Studios campus. City leaders say they are generally supportive of hospital expansions, especially as more and more residents and workers are expected to flock to the city’s west side in the coming years.

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