Hospital parking lot to open this week

Presbyterian Hospital Matthews is expected to open its new 409-space employee parking lot March 12, freeing up more spaces for patients and visitors, hospital spokeswoman Stephanie Friedrich said.

The $2 million project at 1500 Matthews Township Pkwy. involves 7 acres at the back of the property, near the entrance off Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Staff who don’t need special accommodations because of physical disabilities will be required to park there, but the lot will also serve as overflow parking for hospital visitors, Friedrich said. The Matthews hospital has 974 total employees but only about a maximum of 225 there during one shift.

The lot is the first phase of a renovation project that also will include the addition of a fifth floor and new “way-finding” signs to the nearly 18-year-old hospital. Town commissioners approved a necessary zoning change for the construction project last year.

Construction of the 26,000-square-foot fifth floor will add 20 additional patient beds at a cost of about
$16.6 million and construction should begin by the end of June, Friedrich said. The project is expected to take about 18 months to complete and will house the hospital’s intensive care unit and cancer services.

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