Future of St. Paul's Hospital becoming clearer
Providence Health Care comes up with a draft plan
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - The group fighting to keep St. Paul's hospital in the West End is pleased with some plans for what the revitalized hospital could look like.
Providence Health Care has presented a draft concept plan, worth between $300 and $500 million , that could be finalized by January.
That plan includes a ten-story 200,000 square-foot tower on the corner of Comox and Thurlow, then a possible second phase with a 540,000 square-foot building. The heritage part of the building facing Burrard would stay intact.
Aaron Jasper from The Save St. Paul's Hospital Coalition says Providence seems to be receptive to public input. "They said that they will not be going to the government with their concept plan without it being vetted by the public at large."
He does say the time line is fairly aggressive. "They want to have the concept plan done, and vetted, and signed off by January of 2011."