Reporting Barbara Taylor
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco has offered a $1.1 billion community benefits plan for the city in exchange for approval of an expansion plan.
CPMC wants to build a new hospital at Van Ness and Geary and rebuild St. Luke’s Hospital in the Mission, but there’s public opposition. Hospital spokesman Kevin McCormack said the offer of over a $1 billion of benefits would aid low-income and senior residents with additional medical facilities.
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“This is an entirely new proposal. We think it’s a very generous one and one that really meets the medical needs of the community,” said McCormack.
But that’s only about half of what Mayor Ed Lee asked for. Lee’s list for project approval includes: affordable housing, street and transit improvements, free medical care for the poor, local hiring measures, and other community benefits.
“I believe our proposal was reasonable and solid. It was viewed as large, but at the same time, their project is large,” said Lee, explaining his rationale.
CPMC said the mayor’s conditions would cost too much at $2 billion over 50 years.
Mayor Lee has said he’ll review the hospital’s offer.
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