September 2005 Membership Meeting

Gifford Park Association
General Membership Meeting
September 15, 2005
Gifford Street School

Sherman Hospital

Representatives of Sherman Hospital attended the meeting to review plans for the future of the hospital and to discuss the impact of the planned move on the neighborhood.  


The following information about Sherman Hospital was provided:

$          is one of largest non-government employers in community (2400 + employees, 500 doctors.)

$          has a 117 year history of local community service

$          has experienced a history of growth, increased admissions, outpatient visits, ER visits

$          ER services exceed capacity.

$          current site has limited acreage (13 acres) and poor access

$          located in quiet historic neighborhood

$          parking is a problem

$          newest building built in 1958

$          there is no opportunity to grow & improve in the current site.


Sherman plans to move its main campus to Randall & Big Timber – the most rapidly growing area in Elgin.


The plan for the Center St site is – Family Healthcare Center.   John Graham Pavilion will be the main entrance. Services to be provided are:

$          Immediate care – 24 hrs/365 day

$          doctors offices

$          dialysis

$          outpatient xray & lab

$          outpatient rehab & physical therapy

$          homecare offices

$          parking deck

$          support functions


Creation of green space is part of the plan.


The outcome will be the same for emergency (911) calls.


The new campus will be on 154 acres. A consulting firm has been, an architect, and a construction manager have all been hired. They are working on initial designs.


Summer of 2009 – probable target for completion


Plans for Channing Y Site

The intent of this discussion was to solicit input about the future of the former Channing Y site.Sarosh Saher, Sean Stegall,& Tom Armstrong provided an informational presentation for the group.


$          the former Y site property is 2..7 acres

$          the City plans to sell the property to a developer for residential property

$          the expectation is a high quality project with high quality architectural design

$          the only given is that the properties will be single family residences


Sarosh distributed some sample designs to generate discussion. These were ideas intended to stimulate discussion and are not proposals for the property.


The time frame for the decision making process is approximately 18 months. It was emphasized that the process would not be rushed at the expense of a quality plan & neighborhood input. Dan Miller will serve as the neighborhood liaison in this process.


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As food for thought, staff showed slides of other community projects:

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Desirable concepts – porches & entrances in the front. Many principles already incorporated into Design Guidelines.

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) has developed the national standard for the construction of ealthy commercial buildings. A LEEDS-Home program has been developed and is being marketed now as a ilot program to test the system. Tom A. suggested that the RFP could include participation in a pilot project for such standards.

There was discussion of including another home in the demolition. The Heritage Commission & the neighborhood would need to agree on the desirability of this.

Questions were raised about the need for storm water retention on site. City staff will need to look at Kane County requirements. Removing the building & concrete should improve absorption.

There was considerable discussion & advocacy for allocating some or all the property for a park. This was based on the neighborhood   very low ratio of park to # of residents as well as data that reflects parks increase the value of surrounding properties.

Meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Submitted by: Fran Cella, Secretary