Medical office building nearby new hospital site breaks |

Medical office building nearby new hospital site breaks

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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Friday’s gloomy weather didn’t deter the smiling faces at the groundbreaking of the medical office building site adjacent to the new hospital near Frisco.

“Without a little bit of water, nothing grows,” Summit County Commissioner Tom Long said.

Golden shovel wielders at the groundbreaking included High Country Health Care’s Dennis Flint, Avalanche Physical Therapy owner David Zaitz, Bristlecone Health Services board member Betsy Cuthbertson, Community Care Clinic executive director Jim Berg, Vail/Summit Orthopedics CEO Chip Webb, Colorado West Mental Health program director Sarah Pokorny, and County Commissioners Long, Bob French and Bill Wallace.

The total size of the building will be 87,070 gross square feet with the county’s space accounting for 40,923 square feet.

Two medical-oriented nonprofits will be housed in the county-operated Community Care Clinic side of the building: Colorado West Mental Health and Bristlecone Health Services. The nonprofits will pay $11.25 per usable square foot per month for their space.

The two nonprofits and the County Coroner’s office will take up a floor and a third of the three-floor Community Care Clinic side.

The total estimated cost of the project is $19,950,117, which the county will borrow from a bank. The county is financing the construction of the building, but it intends to sell half the space to private-practice medical providers once development is complete.

The group of doctors, known as the Summit Medical Building, LLC, has submitted a letter of intent to purchase the medical office side of the space.

The county will still pay for the Community Care Clinic side of the medical office building, estimated at $9,699,950, with funds from the November 2003 ballot question 1A, which county commissioners intended to fund “legacy projects” such as the clinic, the new recycling facility, water storage and open space.

The building’s opening is tentatively scheduled for Labor Day 2006.

Jennifer Harper can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at

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