Parkview Health Systems Inc. moved another step closer to putting a medical facility in Warsaw at the Warsaw Planning Commission meeting on July 14.
Both Parkview’s Site Plan and Subdivision applications were unanimously approved by the commission.
The proposed 45,000 square-foot facility would be built on 9.8 acres north of Mariner’s Drive and east of U.S. 30, near the new YMCA. Parkview Warsaw would offer medical services like imaging diagnostics, rehabilitation, doctors offices, ambulatory surgery and a helipad.
Warsaw City Planner Jeremy Skinner said Parkview’s plans passed storm water compliance regulations and have been approved by the engineer. “The building design complies with the city’s facade design elements,” said Skinner. “Both the building commission and fire marshal.”
Some residents of the Silver Fox community, a retirement neighborhood adjacent to the property where Parkview Warsaw would be constructed, were in attendance to raise some questions regarding a landscaping partition that would separate Parkview Warsaw and the new YMCA facility from the neighborhood.
Headlights from increased traffic on Mariners Drive, and increased foot traffic from the new facilities through the neighborhood were among the concerns brought up. Parkview plans to construct a berm and plant evergreen trees all along the east side of the property to subdue the light issue.
Parkview will also build a fence along the area that would deter foot traffic from the facilities to Silver Fox. There’s a portion along the southeast section of the property, belonging to the YMCA, where the Silver Fox residence would like to see the fence extended. “I’ll continue to work with them to address that issue,” Skinner said.
The construction of the Parkview and YMCA facilities would be the beginning of a a larger renovation project that would extend Mariners Drive to the north, connecting it to SR 15, and bringing more public utilities to the area around the Warsaw Municipal Airport. “That’s a long term plan, and it’s not going to happen overnight,” said Skinner.
From here, the facility will now need to procure appropriate permits. Additionally, Skinner said a second draft of the project’s comprehensive plan will come before the Warsaw Planning Commission next month.
According to Pete Mallers, of Beer, Mallers, Backs & Salin, who represents Parkview Health Systems, the project, should it remain on schedule, will start construction in November of this year, and it is expected to be completed by October of 2015.