ARMC plans expansion for 2013
December 17, 2012 by James
The Planning and Zoning Commission of Burlington recently approved a rezoning request by the Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC) to expand its north campus with additions to its emergency department and operating services, as well as to expand its south campus with an additional building two stories in height to its Medical Arts building, thus creating a new cancer center.
According to the assistant planning director of Burlington, David Beal, the entire campus of the ARMC was rendered as “illegal, nonconforming use” due to an ordinance change in 2003, even though the property on which the hospital is located was zoned as “office and institutional use” when it was originally built. Beal said that a property which is considered a nonconformity cannot be expanded so the hospital requested a “conditional office and institutional use” for its entire property.
Final approval now rests with the City Council and is expected to come through tomorrow, December 18. With this in hand, director of engineering at ARMC, Bill Payne, said that construction in the north and south campuses would begin in January and completion of the project is expected in early 2014.
As part of the plan, the emergency department will double in size with additional parking provided. There are nine rooms for operations in the hospital and these will be expanded, as state law dictates how many operating rooms a hospital can have.