Northern Arizona Healthcare has spent the last moth collecting community input and resubmitting its application for its plan to relocate the Flagstaff Medical Center.
Officials say the project timeline is unaffected.
NAH began exploring plans to relocate the hospital as the focal point of a “health and wellness village” in 2019 after realizing growth in the area required FMC to expand its number of licensed beds and upgrade its technology. NAH originally considered redeveloping the current location, but found the suggestion would have been expensive, time-consuming and disruptive.
The new location is in an undeveloped area near Fort Tuthill County Park.
NAH hosted several community meetings this summer, and voluntary outreach will continue through October, according to project officials. The group revised and resubmitted its application to the City of Flagstaff last month.
Updates included new data for the economic impact report, some building locations, and maintenance of a green space to serve as a buffer between the hospital and existing neighbors. A traffic impact study is still in progress.
Two more formal public participation meetings will be conducted now that the application has been updated.
NAH has worked on the schematic design process with HKS, Inc. and a joint partnership between McCarthy Building Companies and Loven Contracting, Inc. for pre-construction. Detailed planning beyond the schematic level will come after plans go through the Flagstaff Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council.
Groundbreaking is targeted for Q3 2022. The Ambulatory Care Center should be completed in 2024, with the hospital to follow in 2026. (Source)