LVHN to start work on Lower Nazareth hos­pi­tal this fall

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Kevin Duffy

Le­high Val­ley Health Net­work will break ground this fall on the ini­tial leg of its mas­sive mixed-use cam­pus in Lower Nazareth Town­ship.

Town­ship su­per­vi­sors voted 4-0 Wed­nes­day in fa­vor of fi­nal plan ap­proval of the first phase of the project, and plans call for con­struc­tion to be­gin right away, said Jim Rothdeutsc­h, direc­tor of en­gi­neer­ing ser­vice for The Pid­cock Co.

“We’re hop­ing to start hos­pi­tal con­struc­tion in late fall,” he said.

The cam­pus will start on more than 80 acres be­tween New­burg and Heck­town roads with an 87,000-square-foot hos­pi­tal fea­tur­ing 18 beds, along with a 37,000-square­foot can­cer in­sti­tute and 63,000-square-foot, two-story med­i­cal of­fice build­ing.

LVHN plans to pro­vide 880 park­ing spa­ces in the first phase, more than the town­ship’s re­quire­ment of 790 to be­gin and the 865 re­quired at full build-out, Rothdeutsc­h said.

Once com­pleted, the cam­pus may in­clude as many as 1,060 spa­ces over its full 180 acres, he said.

Full build-out could take 40-50 years, LVHN rep­re­sen­ta­tives have pre­vi­ously said.

Plans for the sec­ond phase in­clude an ex­pan­sion of the hos­pi­tal with a sin­gle-story, 42,000-square-foot wing fea­tur­ing 30 beds, fol­lowed by a two-story wing span­ning 32,000 square feet with 30 ad­di­tional beds in Phase 3.

A sin­gle-story, 1,500-square­foot ex­pan­sion of the can­cer in­sti­tute is shown on the plans as part of a fourth de­vel­op­ment phase, but fu­ture uses will be “based on de­mand,” said Rachel Le­feb­vre, LVHN vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions.

The time­line for con­struc­tion of a pro­posed trauma cen­ter, she said, has yet to be deter­mined.

De­vel­op­ment of the cam­pus will trig­ger im­prove­ments to both Heck­town Road, owned by the town­ship, and New­burg Road, which is a state road, in­clud­ing widen­ing and turn­ing lanes at the drive­way en­trances along both roads.

A traf­fic sig­nal planned at the drive­way en­trance off New­burg Road and widen­ing to ac­com­mo­date a left-turn lane west­bound is an­tic­i­pated for com­ple­tion by late 2020, Rothdeutsc­h said.

A con­nec­tion point be­tween New­burg Road and North­wood Av­enue is also planned, he said.

Kevin Duffy is a free­lance writer for The Morn­ing Call.

CON­TRIB­UTED IM­AGE

Le­high Val­ley Health Net­work’s plans for a sprawl­ing cam­pus in Lower Nazareth Town­ship would fea­ture a small, one-story hos­pi­tal that would have a heal­ing gar­den aimed at cre­at­ing a calm­ing, com­fort­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

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