Nashua hospital parking lot leases get cool reception
Now, city officials are contemplating whether to issue two new lease agreements with Southern New Hampshire Medical Center that would solve an ongoing dispute over the city land, as the nearby CVS pharmacy also would like to use some of the parking lot.
"I feel we should pursue the maximum value to the city," he said Wednesday during an aldermanic Committee on Infrastructure meeting. " … We should see other alternatives."
"Really, this is the best we can come up with?" Moriarty asked his fellow committee members. There is no harm in striving for something other than a pharmacy and drive-through at a prime downtown location, said Moriarty, adding he envisions a hotel or convention center in the area instead.
The proposed agreements are not about receiving the biggest investment, but rather allowing the city to have a seat at the table and encouraging new improvements to that area along East Hollis Street and Medical Center Drive.
However, Alderman-at-Large James Donchess argued that the city's downtown master plan is in sharp contrast with the proposal to move CVS closer to Main Street and add a drive-through.
Scott Cote, chief information officer for the hospital, said that within the next 15 years, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center hopes to build a parking garage with 500 to 550 spaces and possibly a medical office building in that neighborhood. According to the hospital's master plan, it also would like to relocate its helipad landing to the new parking garage, allowing direct entry to the hospital's emergency department.
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