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C-TH medical mall may be in jeopardy

Sheila Gardner

Carson-Tahoe Hospital’s $25 million medical mall may be in jeopardy if construction doesn’t start within 30 to 60 days, said hospital administrator Steve Smith.

“If we can’t get started soon, the whole project may be in jeopardy,” Smith told the Minden Town Board on Wednesday.

“This is being seriously jeopardized because of the time frame,” he said.

Smith made his comments during town board consideration of updated improvements for the Ironwood Drive extension which borders the proposed medical mall to be located on an 8.62-acre parcel of land on the south side of Ironwood north of the “Y” where highways 88 and 395 intersect.

Smith said Carson-Tahoe Hospital already has lost leases totaling 10,000 square feet because construction hasn’t started.

In addition to primary care and speciality physicians, proposed tenants for the 135,000-square-foot medical mall include the C-TH urgent care facility, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology and rehabilitation services; retail services, eye center, dental clinic, health restaurant and fitness center and a community meeting room.

Originally, Ironwood Drive was to be a Minden street, but during the 1996 master plan process, the county designated the proposed extension a major county artery to reroute traffic to Highway 395, bypassing downtown Minden.

“A great deal of the difficulty is what the county perceives that road to be which is outside our realm,” said town board member Bob Hadfield. “This is not a town road, it’s the county’s arterial roadway.”

The board voted to turn Ironwood Drive over to Douglas County with the town responsible for maintenance of the medians.

“We’re not creating the problem,” said Hadfield. “Our intention is not to put the project in jeopardy or put onerous conditions on it.”

At issue was the town’s requirement for an 70-foot road right of way. The owners of the property where extension is proposed, Roland and Joan Dreyer, requested a 66- foot right of way which engineer Rob Anderson said met county requirements.

The board also approved the medical mall’s site improvement plans with several conditions.