Valley View expansion approved by P&Z |

Valley View expansion approved by P&Z

The proposed overall master plan for the $25 million expansion of Valley View Hospital received near-unanimous approval Tuesday by the Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission. The request included a zone change, a major development permit, and a variance for building heights. The approval by the planning board, which was passed by a vote of 6 to 1, is a recommendation only and is not binding. The expansion plan includes a major addition and renovation of the hospital and an expanded parking area east of Palmer Avenue.The plan also includes a new powerhouse to contain the hospital’s emergency generator, boilers, chillers, vacuum pumps and the main electrical and telephone feeds, according to Mike Biles, Valley View’s director of facilities management.To accomodate the additional parking, the hospital purchased four homes east of the hospital. Valley View also hopes to close 19th Street between Blake and Palmer avenues, as well as a stretch of Palmer Avenue between 19th and 21st streets.As part of the plan, a large debris basin will be built behind the hospital to catch water, debris and mud as it spills down the mountainside. The problem is, if there is a 100-year flood, some of the muck will overflow the basin and flow down the street. Hospital representatives asked for the city’s help in such a case. “We didn’t really agree with that,” Planning Commissioner Russell Brown said. “They’ll have to debate that with City Council.”

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