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Work starts on Middle Park medical project

Tonya BinaSky-Hi NewsGrand County, CO Colorado

Work has started on the new Middle Park Medical Center in Granby, with Neenan Company of Denver trucks moving ground in an effort to build a temporary construction road. Construction teams are stripping the top soil, preparing the building pad and starting installation of utilities for a future $20 million, 27,000 square-foot medical facility. “We’re trying to get enough in so we can build through the winter,” said contracted Medical Center Program Manager Todd Ficken of F&D International, Boulder.An arm of the Kremmling Memorial Hospital District is still working to officially secure financing by selling “certificates of participation” to potential investors. Right now, investors are reviewing the project marketing study, plans and accounting audit of the project, according to District spokesperson Eric Murray.”We know it will happen, it’s just a matter of answering questions,” he said. “(Investors) just want to be assured.”District officials went down this route of seeking institutional investors after receiving word that a federal Housing and Urban Development loan guarantee had fallen through.”The Colorado TABOR Amendment was in conflict with policies HUD had adopted,” Ficken said. “That’s why the HUD avenue didn’t work out.”Financing is expected to be in place in the next seven to 10 days, Murray said.In the meantime, project officials opted to get a jump on construction.”We’re that confident,” Murray said.An official groundbreaking of the Middle Park Medical Center has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the project site in Granby. By next week, hospital officials plan to place a billboard out at the 10-acre site on the east side of Highway 40, land donated by Granby Realty Holdings LLC (Granby Ranch’s Marise Cipriani), to show a rendering of the project and “let people know it’s coming,” Murray said.”We’re very optimistic, and we’re happy to lead this drive for health care in Grand County,” he said.Murray added that a possible collaboration with Centura Health, a Colorado health network that includes the Granby Medical Center in downtown Granby, is also still in the works.Project officials anticipate the Medical Center will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2011. Entrance to the Medical Center when completed is planned by way of a new road called “SolVista Drive,” accessed from U.S. 40 at the intersection of Ten Mile Drive.

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