Hospital site development coming

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Plans to develop the old Routt Memorial Hospital site into a residential subdivision are poised to go forward now that Park Place Steamboat LLC has closed on its $1.3 million purchase of the old hospital and just more than four acres of land from the Steamboat Springs Health Care Association.

Local Realtor Herald Stout said Monday that demolition of the old hospital is tentatively set to begin in mid-February or early March. The city of Steamboat Springs has approved permits that will allow the developers to create 14 single-family lots, eight condominiums units and four townhomes at the site bounded by Park Avenue and Broad Street in Old Town Steamboat.

Stout said the new owners are interested in seeing as many of the fixtures in the old hospital salvaged as possible, whether as donations to local nonprofit organizations or through sales to private entities. The building is filled with cabinetry, solid doors and valuable windows, he said. He even envisioned that wooden handrailings in the old Extended Care Center might be used for a dance studio. One entity is investigating the possibility of sending some of the hospital fixtures to a hospital in Romania, Stout said.

Park Place LLC will spend the summer developing the site into a subdivision, Stout said. The developers are willing to build homes for clients, or sell undeveloped lots.

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