By Leah Schmalz

Novant say it is still on track to open a hospital at the intersection of I-485 and Albemarle Road, but the plans have been downsized. Novant submitted plans in 2008 for a hospital with 100 beds and 140,000 square feet of medical office space. Now the healthcare organization has submitted a new zoning application to include 50 beds and 80,000 square feet for medical offices.

The hospital would still contain 16 emergency bays, as well as space for rehabilitation, maternity services, and cardiovascular services. It woulda also have a laboratory and pharmacy. The zoning request includes 25,000 square feet for retail and restaurant space. 

The hospital has to be completed and open by the end of 2018. If not, Novant will forfeit its Certificate of Need granted by the state that permits the organization to build the structure.

Novant held a community meeting on Tuesday at Wilson Grove Baptist Church to present the plans to residents and answer any questions. On July 21, the Charlotte City Council will hold a public hearing on the zoning request. The council will then make a final decision at the September 15 meeting.