This falls into the category of "Be Careful What You Wish For." Although still a rumor, Gossips has heard it often enough to think it may have some credibility.
We all know that parking at Columbia Memorial Hospital has been a problem for people living in the surrounding neighborhoods, so much so that it inspired Mayor William Hallenbeck, back in 2014, to come up with a parking permit plan intended to prevent hospital workers and visitors to the hospital from taking the onstreet parking places used by neighborhood residents. That plan evolved into Local Law No. 1 for 2015.
It's been months since anything has been heard about this legislation, which was withdrawn from the Common Council's consideration by Council president Don Moore on November 2015, and which current Council president Claudia DeStefano suggested in March 2016 should be resurrected. Meanwhile, it seems CMH may be contemplating its own solution to the parking problems: constructing another parking garage on the site of the former Eden Park Nursing Home with an enclosed walkway passing over Prospect Avenue, connecting the parking structure with the main hospital building.
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