QUINCY -- Blessing Hospital got the Quincy City Council's approval Monday night to tackle a $49.2 million building expansion.
Aldermen voted 13-0 to allow the hospital to add two more stories on to the Moorman Pavilion at 11th and Oak.
Maureen Kahn, president and CEO of Blessing Health System and Blessing Hospital, said the project has the potential to "change the care environment completely at Blessing for generations to come." The project still must be approved by the state, but officials believe it could be completed by early 2021.
"At the time the Moorman Pavilion project started in 2012, our patient census could not justify the additional floors on the building," Kahn said. "But over the past six years, patient demand has steadily increased, and we feel the clinical case for expanding Moorman Pavilion can be made to the state."
If approved, Blessing will be able to finish the empty fourth floor of Moorman Pavilion and construct and finish a fifth and sixth floor. The hospital would then be able to move 96 beds from a patient tower building in 1970 to the three new floors of single-bed rooms. Blessing plans to eventually ask permission to remodel all floors in its 1970 patient tower.
Blessing also got permission from the City Council to install three ground-based signs at 4800 Maine, where a new 82,000-square-foot medical office building will be constructed.
Director of Planning and Development Chuck Bevelheimer said the ground-based signs are better-suited than pole-mounted signs along Maine Street and his department supported the ordinance.
Aldermen also approved plans for liquor sales by the drink at 1705 Harrison, where a convenience store and fueling station is seeking video gaming. Under state rules, the gaming license could not be obtained unless liquor by the drink was available.
• Outside legal counsel was hired to handle 20 more cases in the city's fix-or-flatten program.
• An annual permit to operate for the Quincy wastewater treatment plant was approved. The permit costs $72,500 payable to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
• Training for Quincy police on mobile device investigations was approved. The training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center will cost $8,233.
• IMCO Utility Supply Co. of Springfield, Ill., was chosen as the supplier for curb boxes and stainless steel curb box rods for $4,612.50.