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Hearing on zoning changes for hospital set for Nov. 21

November 02, 2005|by TARA REILLY

A public hearing on Washington County zoning changes requested by the Washington County Health System has been set.

Assistant County Attorney Kirk Downey told the County Commissioners on Tuesday that the Board of Zoning Appeals will hold the hearing Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in Courtroom One of the Washington County Courthouse.

A second hearing, if needed, will be Nov. 22.

County Administrator Rodney Shoop said the appeals board is expected to decide whether to televise the hearing.

The zoning modifications would allow the hospital to be built next to Robinwood Medical Center.

The requests include allowing helicopters and ambulances to service the proposed hospital, permission to exceed the 35-foot building height restriction in order to build a five-story, 80-foot structure, and various setback changes.

The health system hopes to replace the current Washington County Hospital on East Antietam Street with a $233 million, 502,608-square-foot hospital on Robinwood Drive.

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The hospital would connect to Robinwood Medical Center at the entrance near the John R. Marsh Cancer Center, according to a written statement from the health system.

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