MVC sets info session on hospital plan
In anticipation of the start of public hearings sometime next month on the Martha's Vineyard Hospital reconstruction project, the Martha's Vineyard Commission (MVC) will hold a public information session on Thursday, August 24, at which hospital officials will be asked to describe the project.
The presentation begins at 7:30 pm in the Tisbury Senior Center on Pine Tree Road in Tisbury.
According to an MVC press release, the main purpose of the session is to allow hospital administrators and project consultants to explain the project, so the public can prepare to give testimony at the formal public hearing on the Development of Regional Impact to be held in the fall.
An architectural drawing of the new hospital by Thomas, Miller and Partners.
MVC officials said the session would also provide an opportunity for summer residents to provide comments that will be videotaped and entered into evidence when the hearing starts.
The formal hearing had been scheduled to begin Thursday. According to the MVC, the Commission and the Hospital agreed to change the meeting to a public information session in order to wait for the completion of a traffic study and a risk assessment study and keep the hearing process short. But the late schedule change was also connected to the expected absence of three commissioners on Aug. 24, which following MVC policy that requires commissioners to be present at all formal hearings, would have left them unable to vote on the project.