BANGOR, Maine — St. Joseph Healthcare is building on increased demand for primary caregivers and medical services with expansion plans at the hospital and its
health care facility on Broadway.
The dual expansion projects involve the demolition of an empty house used for storage, construction of a 39-space parking lot at 275 Center St., and building a new medical services building and additional parking on a 2½-acre lot between 900 and 954 Broadway.
“This will accommodate new growth we’re experiencing,” said Lois Macias, St. Joseph Healthcare’s vice president of integrated care and physician practices. “It is indicative of the growth we’re seeing in the health care field overall, but specifically the need for primary care providers is growing and that’s what we’re responding to.”
The Broadway project would require a zoning change. The Bangor Planning Board will hear the request Tuesday night.
The new building — the proposed new home for internal medicine and family practice — would be approximately 22,000 square feet and part of the remaining extra acreage would be used for a parking lot with a total of more than 100 spaces. The four already existing buildings will be home to specialized medical service practitioners.
The 39-spot lot on Center Street also involves some shuffling of building space.
“Our Home Health Department is shifting from 900 Broadway to the former Felician Sister’s residence on Congress Street, which they will occupy part of,” said Macias. “The rest would continue to be used as office space.”
The shift would increase the need for more parking, so the Center Street lot would be available to patients and staff. Pending approval, this project will be the first to be completed.
“That one will move right along and be done this summer, city and weather permitting,” she said.
The Broadway health care complex expansion will take longer.
“We expect to start construction in late summer and have it done by August 2014,” Macias said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story referenced a 39-spot lot on the corner of Congress and Grant streets. The lot is on Center Street.