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Former asphalt-plant property bought (as expected) for hospital on Mesa

       In an unsurprising announcement, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has reported finalizing the purchase of the 28.55-acre Martin Marietta Materials asphalt plant property off Fillmore Street.
       According to the El Paso County Assessor's website, the sale price was $5.15 million. The buyer is listed as Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado, an Englewood nonprofit company that Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is part of.
A graphic combines artwork with an aerial photograph to show the juxtaposition of a 51-acre property – approved in 2015 for a Penrose-St. Francis hospital campus at Fillmore and Centennial – and the adjacent 28-acre site (a former asphalt batch plant) which has been added to the project plan.
Courtesy of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
The plant had stopped producing asphalt several months ago, a Martin Marietta manager said, with its Colorado Springs operations transitioning into two concrete/asphalt plants that used to be owned by Rocky Mountain Materials.
       Based on plans approved by Colorado Springs City Council in May, the property will join with a neighboring 51.05-acre parcel on the Mesa, at Centennial Boulevard and Fillmore Street, for a future medical campus/hospital.
       A Penrose-St. Francis press release reveals the overall cost, stating that the site is "where a $550 million medical campus is projected for construction."
       The proposal has not been without controversy. Complaints from neighbors have touched on such concerns as traffic, noise and building height.
       Regarding height, the original Penrose-St. Francis plan, for the 51-acre site only, would have allowed the tallest building to be 200 feet. With the asphalt-site purchase - at the hospital organization's request - council reduced that maximum to 165 feet, although this would still be about three times higher than any other building on the Mesa.
       “The added space [the 28.55 acres] allows architects more creative agency with the site design to explore various design options, while preserving natural amenities and being mindful of nearby residents' concerns,” the Penrose-St. Francis press release continues. “The additional land will better accommodate nearby residents' concerns, while offering flexibility in creating a new, 200,000-square-foot commercial zone, an open space and larger parking area.”
       In general, the project will be a “community enhancement, with benefits such as improved drainage, landslide protections and stabilization of the property,” the release states.
       Penrose-St. Francis has not announced a project schedule. The health organization “will continue working closely with the City of Colorado Springs Planning Department, property owners and local neighbors as this project develops to do our due diligence in respecting the needs of the surrounding community and to create a world-class health care facility that will serve the Colorado Springs community for generations to come,” the release adds.
       According to Martin Marietta information, the Fillmore property had been an asphalt-producing site since the 1950s, originally owned by the Broderick- Gibbons company, long before any development occurred in that part of the Mesa.
       Martin Marietta took over the business in 2011, buying the asphalt-plant property from LaFarge West for $2.3 million, the County Assessor's website shows.

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(Posted 8/3/17; Land: Development Issues)

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