Wheat Ridge approves rezoning for major mixed-use development

Posted on March 28, 2018
This article was written by the Denver Business Journal and was originally featured online

Wheat Ridge City Council members have given their OK to a rezoning effort that likely will lead to Lutheran Medical Center to build a second medical campus in the western Denver suburb.

Council members unanimously voted late Monday to rezone a 109-acre parcel adjacent to Interstate 70 between Clear Creek and 34th Avenue from a planned commercial development to a planned mixed-use development. Denver developer Evergreen plans to put up a combination of housing, retail and office space in the Clear Creek Crossing development, highlighted by a 25-acre medical campus.

Some 200 people showed up to a city council meeting in mid-February when word started getting around that UCHealth wanted to build a hospital in Clear Creek Crossing, just miles from the long-time site of Lutheran.

UCHealth officials told the Denver Business Journal they were looking initially for space for primary-care or outpatient services, but the erupting furor led Evergreen to agree to sell the 25-acre parcel instead to Lutheran and parent company SCL Health, which continues to study exactly what kind of facility they want to establish there.

SCL Health and Lutheran continue to do their due diligence on the sale but expect it could close as soon as late May.

“The approval of the multi-use development zoning request by Wheat Ridge City Council will allow Lutheran Medical Center to participate in an exciting and innovative new development for the community,” said Sarah Ellis, Lutheran communications manager and the regional public information officer for SCL Health. “We have a thoughtful and intensive planning process ahead of us. Along with our partners, we plan to conduct an ongoing dialogue and focus groups with the surrounding communities to help direct our future plan for this project.”

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