Plans for Faulkner Hospital Expansion Proposed

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner (BWFH) Hospital has been presenting an informal proposals to different neighborhood groups in Jamaica Plain regarding its campus expansion project. On June 14, the hospital filed a letter of intent with the City of Boston “that will allow BWFH to continue to explore the feasibility of the expansion project,” according to an announcement on the hospital’s website.

According to the site, the proposed expansion includes a five-story inpatient addition that would be located to the left of the main entrance to the hospital. It will cost $250 million and provide 78 new inpatient beds along with clinical support and ambulatory space.

Other components of the project include the replacement of the existing Hillside Garage with a new garage on the existing third floor surface lot (creating 332 net new spaces), a new driveway from Allandale Street into the new garage, and three new levels (171 new parking spaces) on the Atrium parking garage.

“Over the coming months building planners and surveyors will be on campus looking at traffic flow and collecting other data needed to continue the project,” the announcement states. “If all goes well, construction will begin in late 2020.”

A public meeting was held by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) on August 14, where the proposal was presented and community feedback was heard and questions answered. A proposal was given at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee meeting on August 21, and it can be expected that a report of that meeting will be given at the full Council meeting on August 27. More information about the project can be found on the BPDA project site, and the BPDA comment period ends on August 26.

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