ST. PETERSBURG — Expanded plans for a new emergency room at St. Anthony's Hospital were unanimously approved Wednesday by the Development Review Commission.
A site plan for a one-story structure, approved in April, was revised to allow construction of a three-story, 120,917-square-foot building.
Since the initial approval, the city changed its floor area ratio requirements, allowing the hospital to build a larger facility.
The new emergency room will be on the east side of the historical main building in the hospital complex, which is bounded by Fifth Avenue N, 14th Street, Ninth Avenue N and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.
Public entry to the new emergency room will be from the south side of the building, while ambulances will drop off patients on the east side. The emergency room entrance will move from Fifth Avenue to 10th Street.
Parking areas will be redesigned and additional sidewalks will connect existing medical buildings with the new emergency room. The current emergency room may be converted to outpatient services.
The hospital plans to tear down several houses as well as a 1960s-era convent where seven Franciscan Sisters of Allegany now live. A new one-story convent will be located on the grounds at the corner of 14th Street and Seventh Avenue N.
Other items in the original site plan, including landscaping, parking and storm water retention, remain unchanged.
"This is a wonderful addition to the community and the hospital," said DRC Commissioner Ann Vickstrom.
In other action, the DRC considered the following cases:
MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT: The DRC unanimously approved changes to a previously approved site plan for a mixed-use development at 10301 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. The DRC agreed to reduce the width of a proposed bike path from 14 to 10 feet as well as changes to signage requirements. The previously approved plan calls for 410 apartment units, 150,000 square feet of office space, 13,000 square feet of restaurant space, 24,400 square feet of retail space, a 12,000-square-foot pharmacy and three parking structures. Work has already started on constructing a stormwater management system, internal roads and perimeter landscaping. Building construction is expected to start once sufficient leases are completed.
CONVENIENCE STORE: A special exception and site plan for the conversion of an existing retail building into a convenience store was unanimously approved. The future store will be located at 3001 34th St. N.
PARKING LOT, DUMPSTER VARIANCE: The DRC unanimously approved a special exception and site plan for a parking lot and Dumpster site at 3445 Second Ave. N. A single-family home on the property is scheduled to be demolished to allow consolidation with an adjoining Pronto Car Wash and auto detailing business that has been in operation since the 1950s.
WATER MAIN EASEMENT: The DRC unanimously approved a request from the city of St. Petersburg to vacate three water main easements along the southern boundary of property at Gandy Boulevard and 16th Street N. The property is currently vacant and was approved in 2007 for development of a 587,000-square-foot office, retail and restaurant complex.