Wednesday, August 01, 2007

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center's New Access Road Temporarily On Hold

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center recently received approval from its BRA institutional task force, the BRA Board, and the Zoning Board for their Institutional Master Plan and its Large Project, a new Emergency Room building at the corner of Cambridge Street and Washington Street.

An element of that project is the construction of a new access road to the ER which would run from the intersection of Washington Street and Monastery Road, alongside the historical landmark St. Gabriel's Monastery, and through a grove of trees.

Rumors were floating around Brighton in the last weeks that St. Elizabeth's had run into a snag: despite ground-breaking on the ER site itself, the access road has appeared delayed. The Boston Herald reports on some details of that delay: the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, and the Massachusetts Historical Commission, are requiring St. Elizabeth's to conduct "an excavation... because of its proximity to a historic monastery and cemetery and what were once a Colonial-era farm and a Native American campsite."

No human bones have been found in the work to date. State officials are reviewing the archeological findings.

The A-B TAB reprinted the story. Unfortunately, they are running a photo of the ER location (with the caption "Work on the proposed site of an access road..."), not the actual access road several hundred yards away. Oops.

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