Holy Name Medical Center and Teaneck Township officials, led by Deputy Mayor Mark Schwartz, said Wednesday they partnered to create a plan to permanently close an ambulance entrance on Grange Road.
Agreements in principle have been reached for the major elements of the plan, which require approvals by the Township Council and Planning Board, and will take hospital traffic off residential streets, increase on-site parking, build a new daycare center building and resolve open tax matters.
As a part of the plan, the hospital will pay $10 million over 10 years in property, sewage and water taxes and fees for property it owns in Teaneck. The hospital will also cover the Township’s annual contribution to the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps (TVAC) for the same number of years.
The centerpiece of the program will be the construction of a 48,000-square-foot, four-story building on the site of St. Peters Mar Thoma Church, which the hospital purchased earlier this year. The building will include separate floors for a daycare center for children and senior citizens, and office space. There will be a roof-top play area for children and 410 parking spaces at grade level.
Cedar Lane and Chadwick Road will become the new ambulance entrance for Holy Name. Additionally, a cul-de-sac will be built on Chadwick Road at the end of the hospital property to separate vehicular traffic in the hospital zone from residential homes.
“This is a win-win for everyone involved,” said Schwartz. “For area residents, we have found a solution for parking and traffic that had concerned them for years. For the township, we were able to get a significant increase in tax and utility fees from the hospital. Equally important, we have been able to help Holy Name, which is a community treasure. We are grateful for the role they played helping our residents during the COVID crisis and for all they do in providing other community services throughout the year.”
“We appreciate the commitment and dedication township officials have provided us as we work together to create an innovative solution that would benefit the hospital, our neighbors and area residents. Teaneck is our home and while we have enjoyed a good relationship with all those involved, we are very happy this new plan will iron-out some longer-term issues that were of concern to the community,” said Holy Name Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Maron.