Public Invited to Meetings on Mount Zion's Future

March 27, 2002
News Office: Bill Gordon (415) 502-6397

As the first step in a master planning study for UCSF Mount Zion, a series of community meetings has been scheduled to discuss development options for the site, including the possible addition of hospital, research, and office facilities.

Neighbors and other interested community members can help shape the planning process by attending the kick-off meeting at 7 p.m. April 8 at the Rose Court Community Room, 2501 Pine St. (Enter on Pierce Street.)

Under all of the options under review, UCSF Mount Zion will remain the site of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UCSF Women's Health Center, the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and several outpatient clinics.

The master planning study will examine how best to integrate the existing programs with new facilities and programs being considered for the site, including a second medical research building, a new building for the Osher Center and a specialty hospital, along with support facilities such as a building for outpatient clinics and a parking structure.

UCSF has contracted with Kaplan, McLaughlin and Diaz (KMD) of San Francisco, an architectural and master planning firm with experience in large scale medical center planning, to help analyze options to serve as the basis for an amendment to the campus Long Range Development Plan and an Environmental Impact Report.

Community members also will be asked to help develop a set of goals and objectives and planning principles for the process.

The study will examine the future needs of programs already located at UCSF Mount Zion and options for establishing additional programs at the site to work efficiently with existing and proposed campus buildings, create an integrated medical campus and provide an inviting environment for visitors and employees.

The options include a scenario in which the campus acquires and develops the block of land situated immediately south of the current main block. This additional property, now the site of several private medical office buildings and parking lots, is bounded by Divisadero, Post and Scott streets and Geary Boulevard.

Several important planning decisions for the site remain intertwined with decisions that must be made in another planning effort - determining the preferred location of replacement hospital facilities for the UCSF Medical Center.

The existing hospital facilities that comprise the UCSF Medical Center and the UCSF Children's Hospital don't promote efficient operations and don't meet new state seismic standards ordered to go into effect in stages over the next 28 years. As a result, UCSF is amending its Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) to incorporate a location for new facilities to replace the existing Moffitt and Long hospital buildings.

Sites being studied are UCSF's Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Mount Zion campus sites.

Each option under consideration for the hospital replacement plan would result in a different scenario for UCSF Mount Zion. The scenarios to be reviewed as part of the master planning study include the following broad descriptions: UCSF Mount Zion becomes the site of a specialty hospital - This option assumes that the main hospital replacement project would be developed at the Parnassus Avenue or at the Mission Bay campus sites.

UCSF Mount Zion is developed with a focus on additional research space and outpatient clinics -This option assumes that the full hospital replacement project would be completed at Parnassus Heights or Mission Bay, creating a need for new space at Mount Zion for programs that no longer can be accommodated at the main campus site.

UCSF Mount Zion is developed with a primary focus on additional research facilities - This option assumes that the full hospital replacement project would be completed at UCSF Mission Bay or hospital facilities would be divided between Parnassus and Mission Bay, and there would be very little or no need to accommodate programs from Parnassus Heights.

UCSF Mount Zion becomes the site of the full hospital replacement project - This option assumes that Mount Zion would become the site of the UCSF Medical Center's primary facility.

Each of these options and the planning process will be explained at the April 8 community meeting, which will be the first of four public meetings to hear public comments about UCSF's plans for the Mount Zion site. Planners want to hear from a wide range of community members as the process begins. For more information about the meeting, call UCSF Community Relations at (415) 476- 3206.

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