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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Second of three Muhlenberg forums Thursday night

Resident input on the future of the Muhlenberg campus is sought.
Clinton School's cafetorium will be the setting Thursday for the second of three public meetings on the future of the Muhlenberg Hospital campus. The meeting starts promptly at 7:00 PM.

The meetings are being conducted by consultants hired by the City last year to gather input from residents and make proposals for the former hospital that take into account the point of view of the city and its residents.

JFK, owner of the former hospital site, has already proposed moving the Satellite Emergency Department (SED) to new quarters in Kenyon House as a prelude to executing its plan to develop more than 600 rental apartments on the 17-acre site, as well as a strip mall in the former Park Avenue parking lot.

Mayor Adrian Mapp has always insisted that some health- and medical-related uses be found for the facility. There is a groundswell of repurposing closed hospitals with standalone Emergency Rooms plus 'medical mall' arrangements including specialist medical offices, imaging practices and fitness and outpatient rehab facilities.

About one hundred people attended the first forum at the Plainfield High School cafeteria on March 26. The third and final meeting is slated for April 29 at Emerson Community School.

Clinton School is at West Fourth Street and Clinton Avenue. Parking available in the school lot on Clinton Avenue and on the street. Entrance to the cafetorium is directly adjacent to the parking lot.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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