On August 7, 2020, the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas upheld the Jefferson Hills Zoning Hearing Board's unanimous September 17, 2019, decision to REVOKE the Zoning Permit issued to UPMC for construction of UPMC South.
This is yet another win for the residents and taxpayers of Jefferson Hills who support responsible development of the Borough.
Jefferson Hills is already home to one hospital. The cost of having a second, redundant hospital in Jefferson Hills is real. Hospitals are not-for-profit and do not pay real estate taxes. Yet they are considered a high-impact use. The experts agree.
Professor Joseph S. Mistick, J.D., the region's foremost zoning expert, concluded that allowing a second hospital in the Borough as a use-by-right does not make sense because it forces a small municipality to carry the healthcare burden for an entire region. Professor Mistick believes that our group's proposed ordinance (which would only allow one hospital in the Borough) is legally sound and strikes the right balance of uses for this community.
Jason Theadore, an expert in hospital development, said, "In my 25 years of experience, I have never seen two full-service hospitals built as close together [as in this case]." Theadore believes that the general cost and stress of an additional full-service hospital in Jefferson Hills would far outweigh any benefits to the community. Among his concerns are:
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We are over one hundred residents who live in Jefferson Hills who oppose UPMC's efforts to build a hospital at the intersection of Elliott Road and Route 51.
We are concerned about the negative effects of a second hospital on our quiet, family-friendly community and believe this is not responsible economic development.
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