DOWNEY – In order to comply with earthquake-related building guidelines, the leadership of the Downey Regional Medical Center plan to knock down the hospital’s old conference center and build a new one in its place, according to the agenda for Wednesday’s Planning Commission.
The approximately 3,700-square-foot building at 11500 Brookshire Ave. would replace a round structure of the same size that currently serves as the hospital’s conference room, according to a report on the project. The new building would meet modern building codes, according to the report.
The city owns a big chunk of the hospital campus, including the land for the proposed conference center.
The city in February put up its stake in the property as collateral to help the hospital get loans to emerge from bankruptcy. The hospital in March emerged from bankruptcy and was almost breaking even this year after years of big losses, according to hospital officials.