The first step in UPMC’s plan to build a hospital on an 80-acre site in Pleasant Hills begins with a zoning board hearing April 25.
UPMC will challenge the borough’s zoning code at the meeting, scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. in the Pleasant Hills Middle School on Old Clairton Road. The borough’s zoning code doesn’t specifically allow for hospitals, the kind of defect that doesn’t often survive legal challenge, legal experts say.
UPMC is proposing the 300,000-square-foot hospital for a site on Route 51 at Lindsay Sykes Road. A hearing had been scheduled Feb. 9, but UPMC asked for a delay to address residents’ concerns.
The proposed hospital is slated to be built less than a mile from Allegheny Health Network’s 341-bed Jefferson Hospital and AHN officials have criticized UPMC’s plan was duplicative and unnecessary.
UPMC has said the hospital, which will create hundreds of jobs, is needed for its patients living in the Route 51 corridor.
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