WASHINGTON, DC-The Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Health is reviewing a plan for a 250-bed hospital to accommodate residents in the southeast section of the district. The proposal calls for a private 250-bed healthcare complex that would be developed as a joint endeavor involving the city and Howard University with both entities sharing the costs. The estimated price tag for the one-million-sf project is $400 million, with $200 million of those funds dedicated solely to construction activity.

The National Capital Medical Center would replace services that once existed at 1900 Massachusetts Ave. SE, the nine-acre site formerly home to DC General Hospital, which shut its doors in 2001. The land sits off the Anacostia River between RFK Stadium and the Congressional Cemetery.

If all goes as planned, the hospital compound will offer patient rooms covering 800,000 sf of space, as well as a 150,000-sf medical building, a 100,000-sf research facility and underground parking to accommodate as many as 1,500 vehicles. As the Office of the City Administrator has outlined, DC would donate the nine-acre parcel to Howard and the university would oversee operations of the hospital. And assuming the proposal makes it through all the city checkpoints, NCMC could open its doors in 2009.

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