Parking lot to be improved

Funding to remodel medical center area OK'd
Monday's rain reveals one of the issues to be repaired at this Central Peninsula Hospital owned parking lot. The water rises up to 12-inches deep during the spring breakup.

The Kenai Borough Assembly recently approved an ordinance adding $310,000 to the funding for a remodel of the parking lot at Binkley Professional Plaza.

The money comes from the Central Peninsula General Hospital Plant Replacement and Expansion fund and was supported by Borough Mayor Mike Navarre prior to Assembly approval.

The total expected cost for the project is $430,000.

The current 20-space lot will be redone during the project, said Camille Sorensen, Central Peninsula Hospital spokesperson.

When finished, the lot, which sits in a slight depression, will have 50 spaces, improved lighting, plug-ins for engine-block heaters and better stormwater drainage. Previously, during spring melt, deep puddles would develop in the back of the lot.

The Binkley parking project also includes a new paved roadway connecting the medical offices to the main hospital campus near the newly opening $4 million radiation and oncology center.

The Binkley Plaza parking lot expansion joins a recent reconfiguring of patient parking near the oncology center. Staff parking has been pushed farther out to create 96 patient parking stalls near the oncology entrance, Sorensen said.

Construction is expected to start in August and be complete by fall, but has yet to go through the bidding process and receive borough approval. A request for proposals is expected to go out contractors this week as the beginning of the bidding process.

The expanded parking lot is needed to service what officials say is a growing increase in traffic and patient use at the plaza, which is adjacent to the main hospital campus. The borough-owned hospital operates clinics for physical rehabilitation, mental health, pediatrics and family practice in the plaza building.

Patients and employees of the hospital and its several clinic operations have faced the parking shortage, Navarre said.

 

Reach Greg Skinner at greg.skinner@peninsulaclarion.com.

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