DALLAS (AP) - The plan for a new Parkland Memorial Hospital includes a 17-story tower with almost twice the floor space of the current half-century old facility.
The Dallas County hospital's board of directors on Tuesday approved a preliminary site plan near the current complex, with a target completion date of May 2014.
Dallas County voters in November 2008 approved a $747 million bond issue to help pay for the new hospital. The overall price tag is an estimated $1.2 billion, about the same cost as the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that the remainder of the construction costs will be covered by the hospital's cash reserves and private donations.
Parkland drew international attention on Nov. 22, 1963, as the hospital where President John F. Kennedy was taken after being fatally shot during a motorcade.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News,
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