Memorial Hospital is still waiting on approval from several sources before ground can be broken on its long-planned new facility in West Manchester Township.

Township zoning officer Monica Love said the board of supervisors approved the hospital's preliminary plans in November. The hospital can begin making public improvements to the property — the former Hawk Lake Golf Course at the intersection of Loucks and Kenneth roads — once it's granted approval from the York County Conservation District, she said.

Ultimately, the hospital still needs to submit final plans for approval, but it can't do that until it receives a separate approval from the state Department of Transportation, Love said.

Greg Penny, a PennDOT spokesman, said the hospital still has "a ways to go" before receving PennDOT approval.

Memorial still has to submit an approved traffic impact study, which deals with concepts and traffic flows, Penny said, before it can work toward approval for a high occupancy permit.

Hospital spokesman Jason McSherry said construction on the new facility is expected to take 18 to 20 months once all the approvals are granted.

The new facility will replace its current hospital in Spring Garden Township, but McSherry said he did not know what the exact plans were for that building.

Planning for the new hospital began in 2008 "to meet the growing health needs of the community," McSherry said.

The new facility is expected to only be a two-bed improvement over the current 100-bed hospital, he said, but all patient rooms will be private, and new amenities, including a neonatal intensive care unit, will be added.

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