|Misericordia Parkade in Background|
Now comes news that the hospital will build a fifth floor to the parkade on Sherbrook adding 103 parking spaces.
|Proposed parking expansion|
The 150 bed interim care and 100 personal care bed Misericordia Health Centre features Urgent Care, eye and pediatric dental surgery, the phone operations of Health Links as well as variety of other health services. It has become known in recent years as a center of excellence for eyes.
The hospital was founded in 1898 and many of the older buildings had grown to outlive their original construction.
There is presently around $45 million of construction going on at the hospital and both Maryland and Sherbrook will be transformed.
|Maryland side features the eye centre|
|Sherbook side features new atrium and entrance|
Parking has been and probably always will be an issue for any hospital, especially ones in areas with more dense population.
The chances are that adding 100 parking spaces will be a drop in the bucket. It is hard not hard to imagine a sixth floor being added as well. Moreover, further hospital activity could migrate to Woodrow Place in a few years hence if condo developers don't get there first.
In the meanwhile, I expect people desperate to park at the hospital for their needs will be happy for an additional 100 spaces in the parkade.