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UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center submits plans for expansion

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center has submitted preliminary plans for a proposed expansion at its existing Steamboat Springs campus that could provide new space for an ambulatory surgery center, orthopedic and spine clinic, sports medicine clinic and related imaging suites.

The hospital submitted three proposals to the city of Steamboat Springs Planning Department. It is common to submit a pre-application for larger projects so that questions can be answered and possible hurdles to construction can be identified. 

Yampa Valley Medical Center CEO Frank May was unavailable for comment, but Lindsey Reznicek, the hospital’s communications coordinator, provided a written statement about the proposed project.

"UCHealth and Yampa Valley Medical Center are continuing to work through the planning process for possible new orthopedic services for patients in northwest Colorado," Reznicek wrote.  "Work began over a year ago to address this priority. The plans submitted to the planning department were very preliminary to allow feedback while we continue exploring all options. We're excited to provide more information to the community as soon as those plans are finalized."

Preliminary plans include three proposals for construction of a two-story building comprising between 26,332 and 26,547 square feet depending on design and new parking on the site.

The first two proposals would create a freestanding 26,547-square-foot building west of the existing medical office building. The new two-story building would be aligned with the current medical office building, and the overall height of the building would be 35 feet.

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The first plan would offer parking on both sides of the building and proposes to construct a raised berm to help block parking from the existing residential neighborhood to the north. The existing walking trail will be revised to go over this berm and landscaping will be incorporated as an additional buffer between the new parking lot and the residential neighborhood.

The third proposal calls for a 26,332-square-foot medical building to be constructed on hospital-owned land at 1920 Pine Grove Road, referred to as the “Little House” site. This property is located southeast of the intersection of Pine Grove Road and Central Park Drive.

According to the documents submitted to the city planning department, this proposal would situate the building in a manner to avoid an existing wetland easement on the site, which would require the hospital to seek some setback variances. The site plan also calls for 134 parking spaces to be constructed.

Boulder Associates, Inc., submitted plans and renderings to city planning on behalf of the hospital.

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