Archive for Wednesday, January 2, 2002

Hopsital still considering Tonganoxie

January 2, 2002

Although the timetable has changed, Lawrence Memorial Hospital's plans for a clinic in Tonganoxie still are on track for 2002.

Within a month or two, a contractor could be chosen for the project, according to Gene Meyer, CEO of the hospital, which is owned by the city of Lawrence. Meyer said LMH had received one bid, but officials were concerned it is too high.

"We're looking at that and trying to see how that pricing corresponds with our final projections for the clinic," Meyer said. "We are seeking other bids."

He said he's hopeful a contractor can be chosen by February or March.

"We want to do the project, as long as it's financially viable," he said.

If built, the clinic would open in late fall or early winter, Meyer said. The hospital's plans call for a clinic in the six-lot Sunflower Plains Subdivision, which is adjacent to First State Bank and Trust's property along U.S. Highway 24-40. The bank owns the property.

The hospital has been looking at leasing a building on a lot that has highway frontage.

"We are still very encouraged that Tonganoxie is the right place for them," said Chris Donnelly, First State's executive vice president. "We might have to shuffle lots or we might have to find more tenants to go into a building to off-set costs. We're still hopeful they can find that Tonganoxie is a quality place for them. The driving thing is the cost of the building. That's the big part of it."

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