Hospital’s rezoning request up for final approval

The County Council was scheduled Tuesday — after the Call went to press — to consider final approval of legislation that would rezone nearly 104 acres of St. Anthony’s Medical Center property.

Councilmen voted 7-0 on June 29 to tentatively approve the bill, which would rezone the property to an all-commercial district and pave the way for St. Anthony’s long-range master plan to add medical offices, parking and other facilities to its campus.

The proposal has upset residents of the Nottinghill subdivision nearby, who contend the addition of an office building, parking lots and a parking garage near their homes will create noise, increased stormwater runoff and ultimately harm their property values.

Sixth District Councilman Steve Stenger, D-south county, has said he’s worked with hospital officials on amending St. Anthony’s plan to address the residents’ concerns.

Through their negotiations, the master plan has been changed to remove a proposed utility plant; increase building and parking lot setbacks and add site-proof fencing and heavy landscaping along the hospital’s boundary with the subdivision.