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A Brief History of Miriam HospitalFor more than 50 years, Miriam Hospital has expanded in Summit Neighborhood.
Providence's original zoning ordinance, adopted in 1923, declared hospitals to be a commercial use. The Miriam's original site was on Parade Street in downtown Providence.
A Change in Zoning Permits a Move
The Institutional Zone
In 1986, recognizing the damage being done to the city's neighborhoods by health and educational institutions, the City Council adopted the first Institutional Zone ordinance. The ordinance re-introduced hospitals and colleges to zoning regulation by creating a new "floating" zone drawn around their existing property holdings.
Summit Avenue School Falls Victim
Just as the I-Zone ordinance was being considered, establishing borders around hospitals and colleges, Miriam Hospital's border was drawn to include the Summit Avenue Elementary School, which the city had negotiated to sell to the hospital, despite strong neighborhood opposition. Miriam promptly tore the building down and built the Fain Outpatient Clinic on the site.
Miriam Begins Another Round
Today we see the start of another round of expansion and investment by the hospital in their landlocked main campus. Miriam has proposed to knock down two buildings and replace them with a single huge building. Their immediate need is for only one floor of this new building, yet they plan to build four floors in a building that, from the outside, will ultimately rise to six stories in height.
At the same time they are shedding their properties in commercially zoned areas. They have sold the Ethan Allen and Sears Automotive sites, and they plan to sell the Sears Department Store site.
We ask, where will they expand next time? When will it stop?
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