Granby Ranch site front runner for Middle Park Medical Center
March 25, 2009
Grand County property near the Flying Heels Arena is no longer a front runner for the location of a future Middle Park Medical Center.
Upon its cue from the Kremmling Memorial Hospital District on Tuesday, Grand County Commissioners directed County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran to withdraw the request for a Bureau of Land Management patent change on the 9.7 acres of county property outside of Granby.
Instead, according to the hospital district, an agreement has been made with Granby Ranch to locate the future medical facility on a 10-acre site near property once donated to the town for a future recreation center.
“The site is well suited to the purpose,” Kremmling Memorial Hospital District CEO Bill Widener wrote in a March 23 letter to commissioners.
During a Granby Town Board meeting on Tuesday evening, Trustee Ken Coatney took the opportunity to thank Granby Ranch owner Marise Cipriani and Director of Development Kyle Harris in person.
“The community is very thankful to you for opening this door for the health facility, and we’ll support it however we can,” he said.
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Referring to the economic downturn, Cipriani admitted it was “not the best time in life” to be donating land, “But we do believe it would be a good thing for the community,” she said.
Site planning on the 10 acres starts next week in a scheduled design charrette.
It is the third parcel of property kicked around in Granby for a future medical facility. The first was located on Grand Elk land, the second on Grand County BLM patented land east of Highway 40.
The latter provoked controversy among the equine community due to the land patent’s original agricultural and recreational intent and the medical building’s potential proximity to dusty rodeo events.
“We are aware that your willingness to support the efforts of KMHD in our attempts to acquire a suitable building site has led to some uncomfortable moments and criticisms from certain concerned county residents,” Widener wrote to commissioners. “We are extremely grateful and appreciative of your support, efforts and willingness to take the heat.”
The property now slated for the district’s medical campus is across from the intersection of Highway 40 and Ten Mile Drive on the east side of Highway 40 and slightly south. North of the future campus is the property Granby Ranch donated to the town, earmarked for a possible recreation center.
Retail centers and recreation already had been planned for the property.
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