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Plans aim for Tahoe Forest hospital to start new cancer center this year

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; After a series of public workshops, Tahoe Forest Hospital has resubmitted plans for a new cancer center and other work to the town, with hopes to get approval and start work in September.

The hospital district had submitted plans earlier this year for a 34,235-square-foot cancer center, an expansion of the hospitaland#8217;s central utility plant and work on the extended care area of the hospital, but withdrew to address some concerns from town staff.

and#8220;… Theyand#8217;ve made some pretty significant changes, more in line with the town guidelines,and#8221; said Jenna Endres, associate planner with the town, last week. and#8220;We have no major issues and#8212; theyand#8217;ve worked really hard to address our initial concerns.and#8221;



Endres said the townand#8217;s concern with the cancer center was it looked like a lodge rather than an institution. The hospital also has created a parking plan, addressing the townand#8217;s other main concern, she said.

Public review of the plans lasts until July 6. Maia Schneider, director of community development and government relations for the hospital district, said the hospital hopes to have the plans before the planning commission in August for review. From there, construction could start September 1, she said, by deconstructing current Donner Pass Road offices and relocating staff. The next phase would be getting in the ground work before the Oct. 15 deadline, so crews can keep working through the winter.



If all goes according to plan, the two-story cancer building could done by 2012, she said.

and#8220;Itand#8217;s a huge upgrade for cancer patients and#8212; theyand#8217;ll no longer have to travel for radiation,and#8221; Schneider said.

Along with the cancer center, the hospital is working on a central power plant that ensures power even when there are outages on the Truckee Donner Public Utility District grid, and building extended care rooms to replace those that will be lost when the hospital brings older sections of the hospital building, built as far back as 1952 and 1966, into compliance with state-mandated seismic upgrades, Schneider said.

The emergency department will also be renovated, and all the work should be wrapped up by 2014, Schneider said, and will all be paid for by Measure C, passed by voters in 2007.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re on track for our original $95 million budget for these projects,and#8221; Schneider said.

So far, the district released $29 million in bonds from the measure about a year-and-a-half ago, Schneider said, and released another $43 million last week.

The decline in real estate and the economy hasnand#8217;t hit the Measure C funds, as the bond measure goes off assessed property values, not market values, Schneider said.


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