Vail, clinic will look at redevelopment of town municipal site
May 18, 2011
The town of Vail has agreed to spend as much as $33,000 on a study looking into building Steadman Clinic offices and new town of Vail offices on the town’s current 2.5-acre municipal site.
The Town Council agreed to the deal Tuesday night as part of a partnership with the Steadman Clinic, Steadman Philippon Research Institute and Vail Valley Medical Center. The groups are splitting the $100,000 cost for the feasibility study, which is being done by Triumph Development.
While conversations between the groups have been going on for months, word of the partnership just came out at the town’s May 3 council meeting. There was no mention of the town’s municipal site as the prospective development site at that time, however.
The town has spent about $15,000 to date on some early site plans and feasibility models, Community Development Director George Ruther said.
Since the project is in such early stages, there’s no plan or concept yet as to what the development might look like.
There has been talk of “pedestrian access” from the Vail Valley Medical Center to the site, which could take the form of a pedestrian bridge of some kind. Parking options also will be studied.
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Early talks of what the project might look like include plans for new medical offices, as well as redeveloped town of Vail municipal offices. The Steadman Clinic, Steadman Philippon Research Institute and Howard Head Sports Medicine would likely occupy the new space, leaving their old space up for grabs at the hospital.
Hospital CEO Doris Kirchner said it’s too early to know what the hospital would do with the vacant space if and when the project gets built.
She said she’s hopeful about the partnership and that the hospital’s physical constraints mean an expansion is becoming more and more urgent. The partnership came about after the town of Vail realized a few years ago that the hospital and clinic could move downvalley, something the town of Vail was determined to keep from happening, Town Manager Stan Zemler said. The study should take about three to four months.