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Garage on St. John Street to Meet Current, Future MMC Staff Parking Needs
PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Medical Center has submitted to the city of Portland Planning Board its site plan application to construct a staff garage on the site of a current parking lot at 222 St. John St. The garage will house 2,450 staff parking spots with shuttle service to the Bramhall campus.
This project is the main focus of Phase Two of MMC’s $512 million project, and will consolidate numerous staff parking locations into one garage, accommodating MMC’s current and projected parking needs. Following this plan submission, MMC will meet with the Planning Board, numerous city departments, neighbors, and local businesses to present plans and gather input.
This new garage will allow the removal of MMC’s Gilman Street staff parking garage, which fronts Congress Street and is approaching the end of its useful life. Maine Medical Center will expand into the Gilman Street space with a building featuring modern single-bed patient rooms and procedure rooms centered on enabling modern cardiac care.
Both the removal of the Gilman Street garage and the construction of the new patient care tower are part of Phase Three of MMC’s modernization and expansion plan, which will be submitted to the Planning Board for its review later this summer.
“This new parking garage will benefit all our colleagues by providing safe, efficient and predictable parking for all who need it,” said Jeff Sanders, MMC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “It will also allow us to significantly reconfigure the footprint of our main campus, removing an aging parking structure and replacing it with a state-of-the-art medical building that will enhance our quality of care, improve our capacity and help us pursue our vision of working together to ensure our communities are the healthiest in America.”
Pending timely public hearings and approvals, MMC expects to begin construction of the garage this fall, with completion targeted for late 2019.
Phase One of the project is well underway, and involves the addition of three floors onto MMC’s patient and visitor garage and the construction of two additional floors onto MMC’s East Tower. The new East Tower floors will hold 64 new Oncology rooms as well as the site of MMC’s helipad, allowing for efficient transport to the Emergency Department and Trauma Center. MMC expects to complete construction of the new East Tower patient floors later in 2019.
For more information and to receive regular updates on the MMC Modernization project’s progress, please visit www.mmc.org/modernization.
About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2017-2018, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.
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