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PRMC Plans for Growth, Buys up Nearby Properties

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SALISBURY, Md.- If you've driven along the "S-curve" along Route 13 in Salisbury recently, you have probably noticed the empty lot sitting fenced off at the intersection of Center and South Division streets.

"We've just taken down two buildings and one residence and we're going to convert those into parking areas," said Tom Anderson, executive director for facilities and planning at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Anderson said the hospital has been buying up nearby properties for two decades now.

"As we've expanded our facilities, we've need additional property for parking and other expansion capabilities," said Anderson.

PRMC also bought half of the strip mall located on the S-curve, as well as several houses that sit on the edge of the hospital property.

Anderson said the hospital has its sights set on other properties as well.

"We're hoping that we can gain those properties and provide a better perimeter, a better looking facility from the outskirting sides similar to Salisbury University," said Anderson.

Anderson said the plan is to redevelop these spaces to add more parking, green space, and improve access for patients as well as the surrounding image of the hospital.

"We'd like the city to look respectable. We get a lot of visitors for all the events around town. We think we should represent the city as nicely as we can because we are proud of Salisbury," said Anderson.

Anderson also said the extra property will help the hospital plan for expansion.

"We did a master plan about three years ago and that master plan includes some expansion of the main hospital for patient care, but it's still several years out," said Anderson.

Anderson said PRMC is also looking to purchase the other half of the strip mall on the S-curve.

Once that property is acquired, hospital officials will work with business owners to relocate so that property can be redeveloped, according to Anderson.


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