My concern is that they will tear down the other attached parking garage on Congress Street and build a replacement where the strip mall is.
I would be okay with a parking garage if it incorporated the desired transportation hub, medical housing, offices, research/laboratory centers, and so on. Maine Med would need some incentive to build a transportation hub though.
If they were smart, they'd do something to consolidate the cluster-fuck of buildings on the existing hospital campus and create more meaningful/sensible additions.
I believe they also own the giant surface-lot on Chadwick/Bramhall and McGeachy Hall on Vaughn. I used to live in the Bowdoin on Chadwick St ages ago. There were medical offices on the first couple of floors. Some of the apartments were leased by the hospital for doctors doing their residencies. They also own the old Bus Station, Pizza Villa Building right?
In my humble opinion, they should build some kind of housing for med school residents, building the transportation hub (with parking), and the research/lab centers. Connecting with Mercy would be smart too.
With the development of a Soccer Stadium, potential updates to Hadlock - there will be need for housing and hotels in this area too. I'm surprised there aren't any hotels near the hospital. This whole area could see an explosion of development in the next 10-20 years. If the Prison goes, then that's also a ton of real estate. Portland should redesign the I-295 Ramps around Congress and Fore River Parkway to open up land for development as well.