Granby trustee displeased by medical campus relocation
July 24, 2008
Granby Trustee Greg Mordini isn’t pleased that the future Granby medical campus has decided to relocate.
Mordini, the town’s economic development chairperson, voiced disapproval that the Grand County Rural Health Network and Kremmling Memorial Hospital District (KMHD) opted to move the future medical campus across the street from its former Grand Elk and Granby Ranch location.
“We were really looking at this as being an anchor tenant for future commercial growth,” Mordini told KMHD Project Manager Todd Fickin, Rural Health Executive Director Dorri Penny and KMHD Executive Director Bill Widener at Tuesday’s town board meeting.
The hospital district is the developer of the medical campus and the Rural Health Network is championing the project. It originally was proposed to be built on four acres of Granby Ranch land and seven acres of Grand Elk property.
“This town and two developers Granby Ranch and Grand Elk put hundreds of thousands of dollars into this,” Mordini said. The trustee went on to say he didn’t think sending a letter to land partners and the town was the appropriate mode of communicating the news.
Both the hospital district and the Rural Health Network boards made the decision in recent meetings to move the campus onto 11.4 acres of Grand County-owned property.
Mordini also questioned the project’s direction with access to the campus and its ability to get water.
“Right, those are challenges,” Ficken agreed, inviting help and ideas from the town on those issues.
Granby Mayor Jynnifer Pierro took a less critical position.
“I’m thankful you’re not moving to Fraser or Winter Park or someplace in the vicinity of Grand County where we couldn’t talk of annexation,” she told the project representatives.
“It opens up the other site for something else that could be a flagship,” she said to Mordini.
The land deal among Grand Elk and the hospital partners was considered a complicated one involving a long-term lease from the State Land Board to Grand Elk. Grand Elk planned to bring in a third-party developer to develop the land, with the medical facility to become an economic anchor for commercial development.
But a $19.5 million HUD loan, the opportunity for which expires next June, is partially influenced by a Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant on which the clinic’s stakeholders are depending. The HUD loan would make up the bulk of the $23 million project cost, while an approved application to DOLA would secure $2 million.
The difference in cost would be covered by fundraising and other grants.
The former land arrangement was a less attractive scenario for acquiring the grants and the primary loan, according to Widener and Penny. Since Grand County has donated the land for the project, the issue of “ownership” is a hurdle they’ve overcome in the eyes of guarantors, they said.
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