Residents in the area have expressed concern over the last several months that the expansion would increase what they say is already a large community footprint by the hospital. They also said the project would create a redundant hospital system in the Roaring Fork Valley, citing a similar expansion at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. But key hospital board members assured the council that the building is essential to AVH’s ability to serve the community, stressing that the project is being designed on a needs-only basis — an idea critics are still skeptical about.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — The City Council on Monday gave Aspen Valley Hospital officials the green light on the second phase of a massive four-phase Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH) expansion off of Castle Creek Road, on the condition that it complies with four amendments to the proposal.The council’s conditions are a deed restriction that would take away the possibility for the hospital to condominiumize any new office space; limit parking in the planned garage by 70 spaces until the full project is complete; provide four extra units of affordable housing for AVH employees; and provide traffic reports every two years with remedies in case traffic is too heavy.Phase 2 of the project will add 12,000 square feet of new medical office space to be shared by three or four private practices under lease agreements; 22 units of affordable housing, with four of those units to be constructed off the hospital campus; and a new service road that will encompass the 18-acre property. The multi-phase project would roughly triple the size of the facility.
By Aaron Hedge, July 13, 2010 Aspen Times

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