BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - The three-story medical addition to Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville received approval for five variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals and is now one step closer to being built. The expansion project now goes back before the Bronxville Planning Board.
The Zoning Board's approval requires that the hospital keep the noise under a certain level and shut off the roof lights at night. The hospital agreed to reduce the expansion's size, saving several trees and setting the hospital back farther from the street.
Each board member weighed the pros and cons in coming to their decision. In the end the board found that the necessity for new operating rooms was essential.
“The hospital’s current emergency rooms use 1950’s technology,” said William Fredericks, board chair for the meeting. “With that you can’t attract the best physicians and you can’t provide the best service.”
The expansion is expected to cost $34 million, and will include a radiation therapy center, a medical oncology infusion center and state-of-the-art operating rooms, said Timothy Hughes, Vice President of Business Development for Lawrence Hospital.
The hospital now has to get the approval of the Planning Board in order to start building its new facility. If it fails to do so it will have to go back to the Zoning Board of Appeals and go through the process again. The Planning Board will re-evaluate all the details of the plan including drainage and utilities in coming to its decision.
“It’s been a very long process to get this far, but Bronxville is a small town, and this is a big project,” Hughes said. “Our goal is to finally get approval so we can start construction and provide the best service as soon as possible.”