Carbondale trustees hold off on new medical office project |

Carbondale trustees hold off on new medical office project

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Trustees have put off until April 23 any decision about a proposed new location for the Roaring Fork Family Physicians business.

The business, located at 1340 Highway 133, has been bought by Valley View Hospital and is slated to be moved to a new building a short distance away.

Only five of the trustees voted to continue the matter, however, as trustees Elizabeth Murphy and John Foulkrod recused themselves due to potential conflicts of interest.

The new location is a 1.5-acre parcel of land called the Holgate Subdivision, located along Highway 133 between the intersections with Euclid and Sopris avenues.

The land once was the site of a mobile home park and most recently held a collection of Airstream trailers gathered for special events.

The hospital was hoping for town approval of a plan to vacate a number of utility and right of way easements that have criss-crossed the property since the days when mobile homes needed water, sewer and electric service.

The hospital also wants to eliminate a lot line, to merge two lots into one.

Finally, the hospital has included a proposal to double the capacity of the historic Weaver-Leonhardy Ditch, which crosses the site from west to northeast, and realign its route across the property, according to documents related to the project.

The increase would be from the current capacity of about 7 cubic feet per second (cfs) to roughly 14 cfs, and is being done at the request of the town, according to planning consultant Mark Chain.

Once all of that is cleared up, Chain said, the hospital plans to build a new, 10,600 square foot clinic building.

During the meeting, Chain said the proposed building would cost approximately $7 million if built according to the current plans. He said the project’s architects and others are working to cut that cost, though he did not tell the trustees what the overall building budget would be.

The trustees balked, however, over such issues as a lack of information about exactly how the ditch work would be done, and whether other owners of the ditch company had been contacted and had approved the expanded capacity and the relocation.

Two neighbors of the project, Sopris Avenue resident Tom Romero and Euclid Avenue resident John Hiltner, both had questions about the project and felt the trustees might benefit from a delay in consideration in order to get more information on the proposal.

In other action the trustees:

• Approved liquor licenses for several special events, including a Carbondale Community School fundraiser, Dandelion Day, and Bonedale Bike Week, as well as a regular liquor license for the Fold Community Kitchen.

• Renewed the medical marijuana license of the MMCC, LLC dispensary on Third Street.

• Appointed Trustee John Hoffmann to be mayor pro-tem for 2013.

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