The Binghamton City Planning Commission is considering a request by Lourdes Hospital to turn what was established as a temporary parking lot into a permanent lot.

The 63-space lot on Lourdes Road was approved in 2009 to help make up for parking areas which would be unavailable because of a major hospital construction project.

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The temporary use of the lot was expected to end in August 2011. Lourdes now is seeking permission to continue using the lot.

The commission has scheduled a public hearing on the application for Monday at 5:20 p.m. The session will be held in the City Council chambers.

Senior planner Leigh McCullen says the commission could act on the request at Monday's meeting.

A planning commission staff report on the application may be viewed here.

Lourdes Hospital had announced plans in 2008 to construct a 350-space parking garage as part of a $70 million dollar initiative to expand and update its facilities on Riverside Drive.

Construction on the garage project has not started.