Hospital cancer center approved by Truckee planners |

Hospital cancer center approved by Truckee planners

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE and#8212; Tahoe Forest Hospital’s planned cancer center got the green light from the planning commission Wednesday night.

The commissioner’s voted in favor 4-0 for three parts of the hospital district’s Measure C-funded projects and#8212; the cancer center, long term care expansion and a central energy plant.

With previous concerns from neighbors, the planning commission added a provision allowing the town to review the hospital’s parking management plan, said Jenna Endres, associate planner for the town.

and#8220;There is a concern about whether there is enough parking, so this allows the town to require additional parking management or off-site parking,and#8221; Endres said.

With the approval in hand, the hospital district plans to begin demolition of the existing business office in mid-September to make way for the new 34,235-square-foot cancer center.

If all goes according to plan, the two-story building could be done by 2012, according to the hospital district.

Beyond those first three phases approved by the planning commission, the hospital district also has plans to expand the emergency department, replace older portions of the hospital and other infill projects, according to a press release.