On June 26, 2012, the Carbondale City Council rezoned 112 and 200 N. Poplar Street to allow Memorial Hospital to construct an emergency power generation station and cooling towers at that location. The buildings on those lots will soon be demolished to make way for the construction.
The Northwest Carbondale Neighborhood Association has been monitoring the situation and has organized a neighborhood meeting with representatives from Southern Illinois Healthcare in Conference Room 1C at Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Please consider attending the meeting to learn how future expansion at Memorial Hospital could affect your neighborhood. Enter the hospital at the main entrance and follow the signs to Conference Room 1C.
We have submitted the following questions to SIH for the meeting:
- Will SIH commit to never asking the city to vacate Poplar or Oak streets?
- How often will the new emergency power generation station and cooling towers on N. Poplar be operated?
- How loud will the new emergency power generation station and cooling towers on N. Poplar be?
- How will possible steam or mist from the new cooling towers on N. Poplar be handled?
- How will drainage at the new emergency power generation station and cooling towers on N. Poplar be handled?
- When Memorial Hospital bought and demolished the historic church at University & Main, the Southern Illinoisan reported plans for a garden at that site. Was this accurate and, if so, are those plans still in place?
- If the garden will not be built, what is planned for the former church lot?
- Past news reports have claimed that Memorial Hospital will not expand its footprint beyond its current two square blocks. Aside from the cooling tower/emergency power generation station on the west side of Poplar Street, will SIH recommit to that plan or comment on current expansion plans? What is the timeline for these plans?
- Does SIH value the architectural heritage of Carbondale, and how is SIH actively working to integrate itself into the community?
- How does SIH see its role in the neighborhood? Does SIH have any plans for “community building” activities with the neighborhood?
Remember: the meeting is scheduled for October 2, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in Conference Room 1C at Memorial Hospital.
Enter the hospital through the main entrance and follow the signs to the conference rooms. We hope to see you there!