City Planning Commission Recommends Zoning Approval for UP Health System-Marquette New Hospital Site

August 25, 2015

August 21, 2015

(MARQUETTE) -- UP Health System - Marquette has received recommended approval by the Marquette City Planning Commission for Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning at the 37-acre site designated for construction of its new hospital campus.

Recommendation for PUD zoning of the site will now go to the Marquette City Commission for further review and consideration of final passage.  The City Commission is expected to review the plans and vote in September.  If approved, UP Health System -- Marquette can proceed with construction planning for the site.

"We are excited about this project and have given considerable thought and care to designing a facility that will best meet the growing needs of UP region," said UP Health System Board of Trustees Chair Judy Watson-Olson.  "This recommended approval moves us one step closer to breaking ground on a new hospital facility that will have a tremendous impact on the overall health of the UP community." 

The unanimous decision, with one Planning Commission member absent, was made after a lengthy public hearing process, during which the Commission heard public comment and a presentation by Duke LifePoint Healthcare and architectural representatives for the project.  Duke LifePoint Healthcare, of which UP Health System -- Marquette is a part, has committed more than $300 million to the construction of the new facility. 

The recommended approval by the Planning Commission came with three areas suggested for further discussion:

  • UP Health System -- Marquette will consult with residents concerned about wildlife safety.  
  • The hospital will make it a priority to use ecologically sustainable materials and energy efficient design when constructing the new campus buildings.
  • The hospital will continue studying helicopter ambulance flight path options to minimize residential noise.

Three zoning variances requested by UP Health System -- Marquette were approved:

  1. A stockade fence requirement, near residential areas, was waived.  UPHS was granted approval to instead plant an evergreen buffer.
  2. A 20-foot maximum exterior lighting pole requirement was waived.  Thirty-foot lighting poles were approved, given the low-lying site location, snow removal concerns and modern lighting design. 
  3. A maximum 30-foot sign height requirement was amended due to the low-lying site location.  The hospital entry sign will instead be limited to 30-feet above the highway grade.  If the sign's base is located a few feet below grade, its total height could exceed 30 feet.

Project design representatives reviewed the overall building location and design with the Commission. The project calls for construction of three structures: a main eight-story hospital building, a three-story physician clinic building and a three-story parking garage.  The 93,000 square foot physician clinic and the parking structure are being designed for expansion of up to three additional stories each.

August 3, the City Commission approved final sale agreement with UP Health System -- Marquette for the 37-acre new hospital campus property, located off of Baraga Ave.  Architect's renderings of the new campus were released publicly on August 11. 

About UP Health System -- Marquette 

Part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, UP Health System -- Marquette is a federally designated Regional Referral Center and a member of Superior Health Partners. We are the regional medical center for Michigan's Upper Peninsula and beyond.  Our hospital is the region's Level II Trauma Center and the headquarters for UPHS Heart and Vascular Institute. UP Health System -- Marquette receives patients from throughout Upper Michigan and provides care in 65 specialties and subspecialties. Our medical staff of more than 200 doctors works as a team with our 2,600 employees in caring for approximately 12,000 inpatients and more than 350,000 outpatients a year. UP Health System -- Marquette also services many of the communities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with more than 40 primary and specialty care clinics spread throughout the region.  For additional information, visit