Call him 'Mr. Fix It'

State Rep. John Lawrence, R-13, of Kemblesville helps repair the potholes on Draper Lane in Upper Oxford on Monday. He and mushroom grower Jamie Ciarrocchi joined to repair a road that the township refused to fix. Photo by Chris Barber

A hospital proposed for the vicinity of routes 1 and 202 could provide an additional 300 beds for the Chadds Ford-Concordville area.

Main Line Health owns Lankenau, Paoli and Bryn Mawr hospitals as well as the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Center.

The as yet unnamed hospital will be in the vicinity of Applied Card Way, S, Brinton Lake Road and Spring Valley Road in Concord Township, behind the newly build retirement community Maris Homes south of Route 1.

Richard Wells, vice president for Public Affairs of the not-for-profit group told members of the Chadds Ford Business Association last week that Main Line hopes to break ground for the facility sometime in 2007 with the first building completed by the end of 2008 or early 2009.

First to be built will be an ambulatory facility and medical offices followed by an 80-bed facility. Over time that will be expanded by up to 300 beds.

The hospital will not be a major trauma center, Wells said at the CFBA luncheon, but will have a helipad.

Main Line Health requested and received a zoning change from Concord Township allowing for hospital use to be allowed at the location in the Light Industrial Zoning District. That approval was granted earlier this year.

Wells said the next step is to get land development approval from the township, then move to construction.

Main Line health employs 8,000 people with 1,300 doctors, Wells said. It's one of the largest hospital systems in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to the four hospitals it already owns, main Line is also talking with Riddle Hospital.

"Concord is a logical extension of Main Line's coverage area," he said. "It's big enough and has access to infrastructure."

Wells said the proposed location -- one of 25 sites considered -- was chosen because the area is growing and baby boomers are aging. He added that there are fewer hospitals in the region than there wee 10 years ago.

Also addressing CFBA members were Elaine Elbich from the Pennsylvania Department of transportation and Matt Marquardt of Urban Engineer. They gave a brief update on the proposed Route 202 widening project.

Marquardt said funding for a Final Draft Environmental Impact Statement has bee granted and the document could be available for review by September 2007. Construction could begin sometime in 2012.

As things stand now, Marquardt said, about 86 businesses could be disposessed. PennDOT is working to minimize the total disturbance he said, and has already reduced the total width of the proposed roadway from 118 feet to 86 feet wide.

The project involves widening the roadway to three lanes north and south from the Delaware state line to Matlack Street in West Chester. That is an eight-mile stretch through eight different townships in two counties.

Elbich said there is no date set for completion, but that the work could take three to five years, depending on how many pieces the project is broken into.

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