Richmond Heights city officials on Tuesday heard from Mayor Jim Thomson and a concerned resident about plans SSM Health has for a new parking lot planned for the current site of the convent, on the southwest corner of the campus.
The convent has been closed for eight years. The asbestos remediation is completed and the sisters have moved all religious relics and stained glass out of the building, City Manager Amy Hamilton said after the meeting.
Hamilton said the grotto and some of the trees will be “impacted” by the planned parking lot. She said the city and neighbors want as much green space to remain as possible. Both are also concerned about traffic.
The hospital recently held an informational meeting for its residential neighbors — about a hundred were invited and only seven came, Hamilton said.
The hospital’s plan is to have the convent demolished between July 2019 – January 2020, and to build the parking lot from February – July 2020.