A proposal to add a skilled nursing facility to the offerings of Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Elysian Park continues to inch forward.

This month, the L.A. Department of City Planning published an initial study for the Barlow Skilled Nursing Facility Project, which would rise from the southern corner of the hospital campus at 2000 N. Stadium Way, replacing a surface parking lot. Plans call for the construction of a new four-story, approximately 80,000-square-foot building which would contain 150 patient beds.

Renderings of the proposed skilled nursing facilityZakian Woo Architects

Replacement parking for the existing surface lot, as well as the uses within the new building, would be provided through two new parking lots planned elsewhere on the Barlow campus.

Zakian Woo Architects is designing the facility, which is portrayed in renderings as a contemporary low-rise structure overlooking Stadium Way.

While a precise project timeline has yet to be set, the initial study estimates that would occur over a 14-month period commencing with the demolition of existing buildings before the end of 2022. The new building would open by January 2024, on that timeline.

Location of the Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Elysian ParkGoogle Maps

Per the initial study, Barlow's motivation for the nursing home project is to provide space for intensive care patients who have been removed from mechanical ventilation support to continue their recovery without leaving the hospital campus.