Renovation, new hospital are options
Based on an environmental assessment, building a three-story Uvalde Memorial Hospital facility to the south of the current establishment would have little to no adverse impact on the environment. Instead, the new construction would better conserve water and energy resources resulting in a savings of $35,000 in monthly utility bills.
The assessment, which was prepared by environmental consulting agency Professional Service Industries Inc., also outlined mitigation measures necessary to minimize environmental impacts.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is considering providing financing to the local hospital in support of the demolition of the existing UMH building, and construction of a new hospital facility and associated driveways and parking areas.
USDA requires an environmental assessment to measure the impacts to the environment, both natural and human, that may result from the implementation of the proposed construction.
According to the assessment, “Overall impacts to the natural and human environment associated with the proposed [construction] would not result in significant, non mitigable adverse impacts.”
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