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Feb. 23, 2021
Saratoga Hospital Takes Next Step for Morgan Street Medical Officer Center
Sketch plan review scheduled for Feb. 25 Planning Board meeting
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., Feb. 23, 2021–Saratoga Hospital has taken the next step toward developing a medical office center on Morgan Street by submitting a sketch plan application for review by the city Planning Board. The first review is on the Planning Board agenda for Feb. 25 .
The goal is to present the preliminary sketches to get feedback from board members and the community. Saratoga Hospital views the session as an opportunity to continue working with the city and community to respond to the healthcare needs of a growing region.
The preliminary plans include a medical office center that would allow Saratoga Hospital to bring physicians from offices throughout the city to a single location, where they could more easily collaborate on patient care. Equally important, because of the site’s proximity to the hospital, in emergency situations surgeons and other physicians could get to Saratoga Hospital in minutes.
“We have long believed that a medical office center is the best use of this last piece of undeveloped land adjacent to our hospital property,” said Angelo Calbone, Saratoga Hospital president and CEO. “We look forward to bringing the benefits of more convenient, coordinated care to our growing community. This is the next step in fulfilling our commitment.”
The sketch plans also address the potential for future development, primarily in preparation for the required New York State Environmental Quality Review.
“Currently, there are no specific plans for future development,” said attorney Matt Jones, Saratoga Hospital’s land-use counsel. “However, to truly assess and mitigate the potential environmental impact, we need to look at the entire parcel. To do otherwise, would be shortsighted.”
Saratoga Hospital owns the Morgan Street property, which was included in 18 zoning changes made in 2019 to align the city’s zoning map and comprehensive plan as required by state law. The realignment cleared the way for medical office use on the property.
A small group of neighbors opposed the rezoning and filed suit against the city. The lawsuit was dismissed in November.
The Planning Board agenda can be downloaded on the City of Saratoga Springs website and includes a link to the sketch plans.
About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. The hospital’s multispecialty practice, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, provides care at more than 20 locations, ensuring easy access to programs and services that can have the greatest impact on individual and community health. Saratoga Hospital has maintained Magnet designation for nursing excellence since 2004. The hospital is an affiliate of the Albany Med Health System, which also includes Albany Med, Columbia Memorial Health and Glens Falls Hospital. The region’s largest locally governed health system, it has 1,520 beds, more than 800 physicians and 125 outpatient locations. For more information: www.saratogahospital.org or www.facebook.com/SaratogaHospital.
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