Hospital expansion faces last-minute delay

June 21, 2011, 1:03 p.m.

Stanford Hospital & Clinics agreed to delay its $5 billion expansion project for about month after parents with children at the nearby Stanford Arboretum Children’s Center objected to the construction of a nine-story parking garage 38 feet from the daycare.

“We’re all part of the same Stanford family,” said hospital spokeswoman Sarah Staley in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News. “We have to make sure that we resolve this situation to the best of our collective ability.”

The Palo Alto City Council approved the project’s budget on June 6, and Monday night’s meeting was originally meant to address final details, such as the project’s benefits to the city. The time was instead allocated to discuss the Children’s Center conflict, and some members of the daycare community, which includes 140 children of professors, graduate students and other Stanford affiliates, expressed concerns about noise and air pollution.

The project has been the subject of over 100 public meetings, but one parent said he did not realize that Hoover Pavilion, where the garage will be constructed, was a part of the expansion.

One possible solution Staley noted would be to find the daycare a temporary home for the duration of the project.

Parents have until July 6 to decide whether to pursue an injunction against the project.

–Ellora Israni


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