Maine Medical Center has submitted to the planning board its site plan application for a new, six-story building that will reorient the hospital to Congress Street., expand private room offerings and provide state-of-the-art procedure rooms centered on cardio vascular care according to a press release issued yesterday by Maine Medical Center.
This is the third and final planning board submission on Maine Medical Center’s $525 M expansion and modernization plan. It completes the project’s overall goal of improving the experience of patients and visitors to the hospital, developing Maine Medical Center’s presence on the urban edge of the campus and providing convenient, safe and predictable parking for staff and the community.
The site plan includes the removal of the Gilman Street garage, MMC’s staff parking facility that has reached the end of its useful life. MMC will expand into that space with a building featuring 64 modern, private rooms and cardiovascular care procedure room re-orienting the campus toward Congress Street will help on-gong efforts to revitalize this important city gateway, furthering the goals of the community and the city of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan.
MMC has worked closely within the city, neighbors and local businesses to make improvements on accessing the Bramhall campus while reducing traffic and parking challenges on neighboring streets. Work is currently underway to design the Congress Street entrance and in order to allow convenient access to Maine Medical Center while minimizing impact on existing pedestrian, bicycle, transit and vehicular traffic.
This 265,000 sq. ft. addition allows MMC to intentionally reorganize cardiovascular services within the hospital campus, which mean timely, efficient access for patients and care teams and reduction of time and effort spent traveling through the hospital corridors. The 19 procedure rooms will align with industry best practices, providing adequate space to treat patients, improving the expansion at MMC.
Following this plan submission, MMC will meet with neighbors, local businesses, the planning board and numerous city departments to present plans and gather input before seeking final approval later this year.