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Edwards land possible Vail Valley Medical Center home

Melanie Wongmwong@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado A 105-acre piece of land known as the B&B Parcel in Edwards is one of several potential new locations for the Vail Valley Medical Center.The Vail hospital, which has said it has outgrown its current facilities, has pondered moving downvalley, but where and when have yet to be determined. The Edwards site has surfaced as a possible location, county officials confirmed, adding that no formal action has been taken by the hospital.Its a possible site, said County Commissioner Peter Runyon.Other places the hospital has cast its eye on, regardless of how momentarily, include Wolcott, developer Magnus Lindholms land in Avon, and Eagle.The hospital announced its intention in September to move downvalley. At the time, the hospitals chief executive officer and president John Cassin said several scenarios were possible. One option would be to build a new campus of about 30 acres and 125 beds downvalley, with some emergency services staying in Vail.Another option would be for the Vail location to become an orthopedic center and emergency clinic while a community hospital would serve locals downvalley, Cassin said.Cassin did not confirm or deny the B&B land as a possible hospital location, only that nothing has been decided.”There is a tremendous amount of speculation about our future, he said. We continue to look at all of our options and I can assure you that our decision will reflect the best interests of our community. To earmark a particular option or parcel of land, at this point, is premature.”Hospital officials arent the only ones eyeing the land.The Edwards-based Atira Group, which developed Cordillera, has partnered with BWAB Incorporated, a Denver investment company, to work on a development plan for the land.The group has made some preliminary plans, which will be announced in a couple weeks, said Lance Badger, senior development partner with the Atira Group.Last year, county commissioners also considered buying the land for future affordable housing. The plan was dropped after some local residents protested that the cost was too high and that the site was a poor spot for more housing.Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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