Johns Creek lifts limit on Emory hospital bed count

The Johns Creek City Council has approved with conditions a request to eliminate a 110-bed limit so that Emory Johns Creek Hospital can expand by 40 beds.

The hospital has been operating more than 10 years on 60 acres at 6325 Hospital Parkway, southwest of McGinnis Ferry and Medlock Bridge roads, and currently has two medical buildings and 1,049 parking spaces, according to a staff report to the council.

Citing growing demand, Emory Healthcare sought a change in a Fulton County zoning condition to eliminate a ceiling on the number of beds it could offer. It plans to convert about 62,000 square feet of medical space for 40 additional beds.

Conditions recommended by the Planning Commission included a maximum density of 10,343.73 square feet of gross floor area per acre zoned, or a total gross floor area of 672,963 square feet; maximum building height of six stories or 100 feet; and a heliport for hospital use only.

Staff said the proposal “is consistent with the overall goals and vision for Character Area 9: Medlock Bridge Road Corridor.”