A public hearing on Kadlec Regional Medical Center's request to close a portion of Goethals Drive is planned May 7.
The hearing on the proposed right-of-way vacation will be during the Richland City Council's regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. at city hall, 505 Swift Blvd.
The affected section of Goethals is about 700 feet long, stretching from about 535 feet north of the northern right-of-way line for Swift Boulevard to just south of the intersection with Carondelet Drive, according to a news release.
The closure is a key part of the hospital's plan for future expansion. The current campus covers about 11 acres, but hospital officials envision a larger campus, including multiple medical office buildings -- one already is under construction -- stretching onto about 14 acres immediately to the east.
Goethals splits the two areas.
If the proposal is approved, the stretch of Goethals would remain open until the hospital builds a new city street between Jadwin and Gillmore avenues, the release said.
The public can speak at the hearing and also send written comments to Marcia Hopkins, City Clerk, P.O. Box 190, MS-05, Richland, WA 99352.
Written comments are due by 4 p.m. Tuesday.