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$12 million surgical center has begun with improvements to the parking lot at Fish Hatchery Park

Parking lot improvements are underway at Fish Hatchery Park. The improvements are related to the new surgical center being constructed by Spectrum Health Pennock. Pennock begins improvements to Fish Hatchery parking lot Joan Van Houten Staff Writer. The start of the construction of a $12 million surgical center has begun with improvements to the parking lot at Fish Hatchery Park in Hastings. Entrance to the park is closed until the resurfacing is completed.

The Hastings City Council approved two agreements with Spectrum Health Pennock April 22 making it possible for the construction project to move forward. Spectrum will pay the city’s costs associated with the agreements, including attorney fees, a license agreement for use of the Fish Hatchery Park parking lot and an easement for a path from the parking lot to the hospital.

“The approvals will allow us to get started on the parking lot, which needs to be done before construction begins,” Alan Kranzo, Spectrum Health director of real estate, said.

The license agreement approved by the council provides the hospital with non-exclusive use of approximately 75 parking spaces in the neighboring parking lot in exchange for improvements and maintenance of entire parking lot and maintenance of other improvements, such as additional lighting to be added for security. The cost of improvements is roughly $150,000 to $200,000.

The initial term of the license is 10 years, with up to nine renewal periods of 10 years each. The agreement can be terminated by either party with one year’s notice. The hospital would receive prorated reimbursement for its expenditures for certain improvements if the city were to terminate the agreement.

Several parking spaces will be lost at the hospital due to the west side addition of the new surgical center. The parking areas at Fish Hatchery Park will be used from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. by first-shift hospital employees and will not interfere with sports games and most events.

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