Alexandria Hospital, which angered many of its neighbors this spring by proposing a major expansion, unveiled a scaled-down version of its building plans to community leaders last night.
Hospital officials, who dropped a plan for a $12 million, 109,000- square-foot doctors' office building, proposed a $4 million, 43,000- square-foot expansion of existing hospital departments, such as the cancer treatment facility.
Neighbors opposed the doctors' offices because they said it would bring additional traffic to an already crowded, primarily residential area. After the city Planning Commission recommended in June that the hospital's request for a special use permit be rejected, hospital officials withdrew their original plan.
A leading opponent of the first proposal -- Jack Sullivan, president of the Seminary Hill Civic Association -- said the hospital's new proposal represents a marked improvement.
But he said he would continue to oppose one part of the addition: a parking lot on the hospital's west side.
The hospital agreed several years ago to leave green space between its buildings and its western neighbors, and would be required to get the city's permission to build the lot.
The hospital's proposal "is considerably better than it was," Sullivan said.
"But we're going to continue to talk about that parking lot. I'm hopeful that there is a solution to this and that we can negotiate this thing away."