ELKHART — The Elkhart City council gave approval to expansion plans at Elkhart General Hospital Monday night, July 1.
The council unanimously approved a planned unit development sought by EGH that had previously been recommended for approval by the city plan commission.
Much of the expansion involves construction of additional floors to the west wing of the hospital.
The hospital plans to construct nine surgical units and 44 private patient rooms, according to Greg Losasso, president of the hospital who spoke to council members Monday night.
Expansion involves about 145,000 square feet at its campus at 600 East Blvd., he said.
Losasso said a third floor will be finished and two more floors will be designed and constructed for the surgical units and the private rooms on the hospital’s west wing.
The building was originally designed for future construction of up to 10 floors, Losasso said.
The hospital also has plans to establish a helicopter landing pad on the property.
The hospital could benefit not only from bringing in patients via helicopter, but also through patients being transported from EGH to other medical facilities, he said.
Officials hope to begin construction in September or October and work is expected to be complete in about two years, he said.
In other council action, it was announced the council’s committee of the whole will meet on Wednesday, July 10, to consider Mayor Dick Moore’s sewer proposal.
Moore is seeking to replace the city’s existing sewer compact fee policy that charges commercial customers outside of the city a fee based on 75 percent of the customer’s assessed value. The mayor’s new plan would reduce the fees by more than half and use a formula based on 35 percent of assessed value.
Moore is also calling for an aggressive annexation plan to coincide with the new payment in lieu of taxes sewer policy.
Moore has proposed spending $200,000 to begin work toward developing annexation plans for some commercial properties that are contiguous to the city limits.
That proposal was also sent to the committee of the whole for future consideration.