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NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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NorthBay expansion plans go to city

By From page A10 | August 04, 2014

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Healthcare is seeking city approval for its multiyear plan to remake its NorthBay Medical Center in central Fairfield.

Fairfield has issued a proposed negative declaration for the project at 1200 B. Gale Wilson Blvd. That means the city believes a much more extensive environmental impact report isn’t needed.

The city Planning Commission is to discuss the proposed project at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 in the City Council chamber at 1000 Webster St.

NorthBay Healthcare wants to build a 78,130-square-foot, three-story hospital addition and a 4,331-square-foot building that will become the hospital’s new lobby. It will put in more parking spaces, with some existing spaces being lost to construction.

The project’s goal is to modernize the hospital, even while keeping the hospital running. An alternative NorthBay Healthcare looked at and rejected was building a new hospital at another location.

Noise will be a project impact that can be made “less than significant,” according to a city report.

That noise would come from a new rooftop air handling unit and would exceed city noise standards by five decibels. NorthBay Healthcare can solve the problem by incorporating a silencer, building an enclosure or a sound barrier or reducing the air handling unit speed, the city report said.

Dust from construction can be controlled by taking a number of steps, including the suspension of grading when winds exceed 25 mph, the report said.

People can review the proposed negative declaration at the Fairfield Community Development Department, 1000 Webster St. The deadline for written comments on the report is 5:30 p.m. Aug. 13.

Assuming Planning Commission approval and no appeals, such pre-construction steps as putting utilities underground and rerouting roads should begin in mid-2015, NorthBay Healthcare spokesman Steve Huddleston said.

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Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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