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St. Peters’ P&Z approves site plan for Siteman Cancer Center expansion

The Siteman Cancer Center facility in St. Peters may be expanding although center officials aren’t disclosing any details yet.

Plans now call for a new 15,000- to 16,000-square-foot addition to the existing facility, which has been operating on the campus of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital north of Mexico Road since August 2005. The center is operated by BJC HealthCare.

St. Peters’ Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan for the expansion at its Feb. 4 meeting. At that time, center officials told the commission that the expansion would include 66 new parking spaces and the use of a “temporary trailer” to house some facilities. No indication was given about when work would begin.

Cesar Paredes, director of marketing for BJC HealthCare and a spokesperson for the center, would not comment on the expansion or provide additional information.

“We are not going to be saying anything at this time,” he said.

According to the center’s website, the existing facility, just south of the hospital, offers a wide range of adult cancer services, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, education and support programs.

BJC HealthCare operates three satellite center facilities including ones in Creve Coeur and South St. Louis County. The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center is located at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine.

The site plan presentation made to the commission states that the expansion design calls for  additional space to be built on the main level of the west side of the existing building. The design “derives its architectural expression from the existing Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Siteman Cancer Center,” according to those documents.

The exterior of the new building will include a renovated main entry, a relocated “healing” garden and more glass. A new glass addition will provide “a comfortable, inviting atmosphere for patients,” according to the presentation. The end result, along with the new healing garden, “will establish a new identity that can help Siteman Cancer Center grow into the future,” the documents say.

The St. Peters facility was last expanded in 2010. Media reports note that BJC HealthCare also plans to expand its South County Siteman Cancer Center facility and may build a separate new facility.

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