Board of Adjustment approves Shadow Mountain addition
BY KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
The city Board of Adjustment voted 4-0 Tuesday to approve a proposal to construct a 37,000-square-foot addition to Shadow Mountain Hospital on Sheridan Road that would include 60 new beds.
A Dec. 11 hearing on the matter was continued to give the hospital and neighborhood residents more time to discuss the proposal.
Tuesday’s approval by the board came with three conditions agreed to by the hospital and neighborhood residents:
-- The hospital erect an 8-foot fence along the west side of the property.
-- The hospital erect a 6-foot fence along the south side of the property
-- The hospital agree to a restrictive covenant ensuring that the 600 feet west of the property remain zoned residential.
The hospital addition would include activity, therapy, classroom and dining facilities, according to the psychiatric hospital’s application. A new entrance to the hospital would also be constructed.
Construction is expected to begin within two months.
“We want to be good neighbors,” Mike Kistler, CEO of Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health System, told board members in December. “We have been here 32 years. The service is needed. I feel very strongly saying if we don’t provide some of these services to Oklahoma, we will see increased issues.”
Kistler said the hospital currently has 100 beds and that expanding the south Tulsa facility makes sense from a cost perspective.
“In order to be able to make it financially ... I have to use the ancillary services we have, whether it be dietary, the kitchen, janitorial, extra staff, property,” Kistler said.
A petition in opposition to the expansion signed by residents of 137 households was presented to the board at the December meeting.
This rendering shows Shadow Mountain Hospital's proposed addition. Courtesy