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Hospital in Hobart wins approval for expansion

Updated: June 4, 2013 6:24AM



HOBART — St. Mary Medical Center can begin construction on a $40 million surgical pavilion addition after receiving the final required approval at Thursday night’s Plan Commission meeting.

The commission approved the hospital’s site plan review after city engineer Phil Gralik said he was satisfied with revisions to the sanitary sewer plan and acting City Planner Carrol Lewis said parking is sufficient.

Donald Torrenga of Torrenga Engineering Inc. in Munster told the commission several utility lines would be rerouted around the site of the addition, which will extend west from the hospital at its main campus, at 1500 S. Lake Park Ave. Torrenga said hospital officials decided to build over two high-voltage electric lines as the cost to reroute them would be prohibitive.

The hospital is building a two-story, 62,000-square-foot addition.

The first floor will be 32,000 square feet and will include 12 large surgical suites, four minor procedure rooms, a post anesthesia care unit, same day surgery, recovery unit, central sterilization department and surgical family lounge.

The second floor will feature 20 private intensive care unit beds over nearly 21,000 square feet plus another 10,000 square feet of mechanical space.

The addition will replace the current surgical department and intensive care unit with expanded, technologically advanced features, hospital officials have said.

In other matters, the commission approved an enclosed outdoor patio on the east side of the Paragon Family Restaurant at 1701 E. 37th Ave.

Owner Jimmy Gerodemos said he will erect an 8-foot by 32-foot tent that will have exit doors on both sides, windows that open, heating and air conditioning.

“I’ve been wanting to add a patio for some time. It’s keeping up with the Joneses,” Gerodemos told the commission.

He said many other restaurants have outdoor eating during the summer months.

Gralik said there is a 6- to 7-inch high curb that will keep vehicles away from the structure. Lewis said parking is sufficient even with the tent.

“My only recommendation would be to add some landscaping around the tent,” Lewis said.

Gerodemos said he’ll put planters around the tent.

Haramantas Pantelis received approval to sell up to three cars at a time at his existing business, USA Muffler & Brakes, at 4625 W. 37th Ave. The for-sale signs are to be put in the car windows.

“This absolutely fits the whole area,” Commission president and Councilman John Brezik, D-5th, said.



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