After a more than two-hour hearing Thursday, members of the Washington Board of Appeals affirmed a decision by City Administrator Jim Briggs to grant an occupancy permit to Patients First Health Care for a three-bed hospital building.
The city’s building department approved the certificate of occupancy earlier this year, but in April St. John’s Mercy Health System appealed that decision which led to the hearing Thursday evening before the appeals board.
Mercy has the option now to appeal the board’s decision to a Franklin County circuit judge for a decision.
The hearing was transcribed by a court reporter and testimony was presented by all three parties — the city, Mercy and Patients First — before the board withdrew to deliberate and render its decision to uphold Briggs’ ruling.
At issue was whether the new hospital meets access requirements pertaining to earthquake, or seismic, standards as required by international building codes adopted by the city.
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