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Children's Hospital in Waltham to present expansion proposal to city councilors tonight

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  November 26, 2012 02:37 PM

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Children's Hospital representatives will present an expansion proposal to Waltham City Councilors tonight seeking to add 165,000 square feet of hospital clinical space to the facility's current Waltham location.

Representatives from the Children's Hospital Boston at Waltham will present an expansion proposal to Waltham city councilors tonight that would aim to create 165,000 new square feet of hospital clinical space.

The item on tonight's City Council agenda includes a proposal to build three new stories of hospital space in the location of the existing Nichols North, Deveber and Sanderson buildings.

The proposal also aims to add 23,000 square feet of support space, including a new entry pavilion and loading area; approximately 14,000 square foot of floor area for a co-generation plant to replace the existing power plant; and would call for the demolition of approximately 92,000 existing square feet of floor area of the existing facility located along Highland Street.

The proposal also includes an integrated parking garage of up to 993 spaces.

However, a hospital representative reached by phone said the proposal is merely a "wish list" of how the organization would like to expand in Waltham, and implored residents to attend and voice their opinions.

"This is a process that takes many, many steps, so there is in fact no timeline at this time," said the representative, who asked not to be named. "It's more an informational plan we are thinking of. Nothing is carved in stone."

The Waltham City Council meeting will be held tonight at 8 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 610 Main St. in Waltham.

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