Part of the Chinese Hospital’s grand vision was approved unanimously Thursday with glowing support from the Planning Commission.
The commission signed off on a special permit for the hospital to provide medical services at 827 Pacific Ave. as a complement to its main campus at 835 Jackson St. The move frees up needed space at the main facility.
The hospital also is seeking approval from the commission for a massive $160 million rebuild of the aging main hospital into a seismically upgraded campus. The new facility would have about double the current space’s 73,000 square feet, and would contain 76 beds, up from 54, of which 22 would be for skilled nursing. The project also would eliminate the 41-space parking garage.
If the rebuild is ultimately approved, doors are expected to open around the 2015 Chinese New Year.
As for the Pacific Avenue project, about a block away from the main campus, planning commissioners praised the project Thursday for expanding on the hospital’s community medical services and putting to use an unused building space.
“Chinese Hospital serves many senior and monolingual residents from throughout San Francisco,” said Commissioner Cindy Wu. “This project is able to rehab or upgrade a building in Chinatown where the buildings are very old and that many in the neighborhood had been looking for ways to do these kinds of upgrades that still maintain the character of the neighborhood.”