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N. Hempstead OKs hospital expansion

Plans to expand North Shore University Hospital more than originally envisioned have been given the green light.

The Town of North Hempstead last week unanimously approved a modified site plan calling for an increase of 134,505 square feet in addition to the hospital’s earlier approved expansion.

The new approval will allow the hospital at Community Drive to increase its surgical pavilion and consolidate a central sterile supply area.

“Because building costs had declined and because the hospital was able to secure additional funding, they were able to come up with a plan for a larger surgical facility,” said James Iannone, a Garden City attorney for the hospital.

The hospital’s initial plan, which was approved in April 2009, called for increasing the parking garage by 39,000 square feet and expanding other buildings, including a separate sterile storage building. Now, that storage area will be incorporated into the bigger surgical facility, Iannone said.

After a public hearing June 14, the town set one condition: The fifth floor cannot be occupied until the town building department has approved floor plans and confirmed that parking is adequate.

On May 25, the town’s board of zoning and appeals granted variances to allow insufficient front and side yard setbacks.

“We’re very happy to have the town board support and happy to build a state-of-the-art facility for the community,” Iannone said.

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