Pen Bay Medical Center proposes hospice house

Posted March 06, 2013, at 6:19 p.m.

ROCKPORT, Maine — Pen Bay Medical Center has proposed a seven-bed hospice house on the grounds of the hospital.

Pen Bay submitted an application this week to Rockport and the town planning board will hold a site plan pre-application meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the town office.

The proposal calls for a 12,000-square-foot building that would be located on the northwest corner of Pen Bay’s property off Route 1. Planner Tom Ford said that a separate entrance is proposed for the hospice, which would be 500 feet north of where the entrance and traffic light for the hospital are located.

Ford said the plan calls for construction in 2013.

Pen Bay has considered building a hospice center for several years and had received approval from the Rockland Planning Board in 2007 to construct a $2 million, 10,000-square-foot facility on Pleasant Street next to the Kno-Wal-Lin home health and hospice office building. The City Council approved a zone change to allow the hospice to locate there.

The recession, however, nixed plans for construction of the center at that time.

Pen Bay later said it planned to locate the center on its own property in Rockport. Pen Bay owns about 60 acres. There are also physician buildings on the hospital campus.

There was no cost estimate included in the application with the town.

No one was immediately available for comment from Pen Bay late Wednesday afternoon.

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