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Proposed 12-story hospital at Fillmore & Centennial goes to Planning Commission Sept. 17

A view looking northeast from Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard includes the 51 acres of open land proposed for a Penrose-St. Francis hospital campus. Part of Centennial Boulevard can be seen at far left. At far right smoke rises from industrial machinery used for the Martin-Marietta paving facility, which borders the property to the east. Previously built housing, along the north side of the proposed hospital property, is in the far background.
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       An application for a hospital complex northeast of Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard will go before the City Planning Commission Sept. 17.
       The complex would include a 12-story building and two 6-story buildings and become Penrose-St. Francis' third hospital “campus” in Colorado Springs.
       The 51-acre site, most of it located across Centennial from the Grandview Market Place shopping center, is currently open land.
       The shopping center area north of King Soopers includes some medical offices.
       On the south side of Fillmore Street is the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinic that was built a year ago.
       One concern for the proposed hospital site is ground stability, for which there is some past history in that area, particularly to the north. Based on studies so far, according to Steve Tuck, the city planner assigned to the proposal, a “likely condition on the concept plan will be to prepare a geologic hazard report when a specific project is proposed.”
       Planning Commission is an appointed body that holds public hearings on land-use proposals. Because a rezoning is required - giving the 51 acres the more flexible planned unit development (PUD) zoning - City Council approval will also be needed.
       The Sept. 17 meeting, which will have other items as well, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall downtown.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 9/8/15; Land: Development Proposals)

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