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Ellis parking garage replacement gets green light

Thursday, February 17, 2022

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — City planners have given the green light to Ellis Medicine to demolish its parking garage next to the hospital and rebuild a replacement structure on the footprint, the Times Union reports.

Parking spots would be increased from 740 to 1,200. The garage would also be taller and narrower than the current incarnation on Ulster Street, climbing to seven stories from the current four.

The existing structure was built in 1978 and has outlived its lifespan, officials said, and repair costs are adding up.

“There is a real genuine need on the Ellis Hospital site for a new parking structure,” said Philip Schwartz, a hospital spokesman.

The new garage will also improve access for patients and their families, Schwartz told the city Planning Commission on Wednesday, as well as boost green space. “It’ll be easier, less stressful and that sets the right tone for patient experience,” he said.

“A very detailed alternative parking plan that prioritizes patient and family access during demolition and construction is being developed,” Schwartz said after the meeting. “We’ll be doing public outreach ... to ensure our patients and families are aware of the plan.”

Schwartz said the interim plan would not involve on-street parking.

"It is a high priority to not have visitors, patients (and) staff park in the surrounding neighborhoods," Schwartz told the Times Union. "A combination of resources — plus additional off-site lots and shuttle services for staff — are being explored as part of our plan.”

Priority, he said, will be given to ensure safe patient access.

Ellis Medicine has already hosted a digital forum to brief homeowners and has sent letters to residents within a quarter-mile radius of the project.

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