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Memorial receives approval for main entrance redesign

The Niagara Falls City Planning Board has approved plans for a two-phase redesign and expansion of the main entrance to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. 

Construction on the first phase of the project will take place this summer to coincide with the full-depth reconstruction of 10th Street in front of the hospital.

“When combined with the new street, sidewalks and curbing being installed by the city and the burial of unsightly utility lines, the redesign and expansion of the medical center’s front entrance will greatly enhance comfort and access for our patients and visitors,” Memorial President & CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo said. 

Plans call for the installation of a curbside canopy to protect patients and visitors from rain and snow, new landscaped pedestrian seating areas and improved lighting both in front of the hospital and in the area between the parking ramp and the main entrance.

“New lights installed beneath the walkway between the ramp and the hospital will brighten the entire area at night,” Ruffolo said.  “In addition, the paved area from curbside to the front door will be expanded to improve handicap access.”

The project’s second phase includes construction of a 220-square-foot lower lobby expansion and glass vestibule with a reconfigured entryway. Portions of the existing exterior façade will be dressed with an aesthetically pleasing stone-like material to enhance the building’s appearance.

Memorial was awarded federal Community Development Block Grant funds by the city of Niagara Falls to support Phase 1 of the project.  Funding from that source is also supporting the installation of new elevators and the enclosure of the elevator lobbies on each floor of the medical center’s seven-story parking ramp and medical office building.  Construction on that project also is scheduled for this summer.

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