DANVILLE — By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
MAHONING TWP. – Geisigner Medical Center received approved Wednesday night to build an approximately $55 million addition, or more than double the size of its Woodbine Lane clinic.
The Mahoning Township Zoning Board approved two variances for the project expected to begin in March or April and be completed the end of 2015.
Variances were required for the 115 percent increase in space to be added, or an expansion of 136,850 square feet, and for the 52-foot-high building.
In the industrial development zoning district, the maximum height requirement is 35 feet and the allowable expansion is 25 percent. The current clinic, which is the former TRW building, covers 119,000 square feet.
Board members William Wilt and John Yoder approved the project.
During the public hearing, Resident T. S. Scott testified the expansion will benefit the township.
Township Zoning Officer Dean VonBlohn said he believed the expansion, which will be two stories and a mezzanine, would result in better services to patients.
Bob Davies said Geisinger plans to help alleviate traffic congestion there by moving the access and exit farther from the Route 11 traffic lights. Geisinger will be spending nearly $3 million on improvements to Woodbine Lane. He expects that work to be done before the expansion is occupied. Davies is chief support services officer for Geisigner Health System.