TMH board to narrow proposed hospital sites May 9

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A list of potential future sites for The Memorial Hospital will be narrowed at public hearing next week.

Hospital trustees Wednesday night scheduled the hearing for 5 p.m. Friday, May 9, when the project manager will present a report on pros and cons associated with each possible home for TMH.

Randy Phelps, TMH administrator, said how to proceed in negotiations to acquire property also will be discussed.

"We'll need to create an action plan with the board," Phelps said.

Hammes, the Denver-based management firm hired by TMH for the project, has studied and ranked five locations:

  • Roughly 100 acres owned by Colorado Northwestern Community College for future expansion west of Moffat County Road 7. The college already has agreed to donate 15 acres for the hospital. The site also would be adjacent to the same land where a separate steering committee has proposed construction of a community recreation center.
  • The 24.9-acre Kawcak property, which is located south of Moffat County Public Safety Center.

The land is projected to cost $760,000.

  • The Kloos property, which covers about 22 acres off West Victory Way. The site has initial cost projections estimated at $2.7 million.
  • The 13-acre Wilson property, located west of Craig on U.S. Highway 40.
  • The Buescher Trust site, which covers 11 acres off U.S. Highway 40 west of Craig. The property would cost $84,900.

Meanwhile, officials Wednesday also reviewed a new hospital's conceptual floor plan covering some 80,000 square feet.

"That's by no means final," Phelps said. "We're probably looking at another five to six meetings to get that hammered out."

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com

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