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Minden residents say they don’t like medical mall paint job

by Sheila Gardner

Minden Town Board members are seeing red over the color scheme of the new Carson Valley Medical Mall.

“It looks terrible,” said Town Board Chair Ray Wilson at the the board’s meeting Wednesday. “It looks like a motel, and this is the first building people will see coming into Minden heading south.”

Wilson and town manager Sheila Byington said they received several complaints from residents who were upset and are hoping the non-traditional bright colors are primer.

“Surely this was a mistake,” said town board member Bob Hadfield. “This is not at all what anybody had in mind.”

Steve Smith, chief executive officer of Carson-Tahoe Hospital which owns and will operate the new medical mall, said Friday he had received complaints as well, and the issue will be discussed next Thursday by the hospital building committee.

Smith said it would cost $15,000 to change the color scheme.

“All I can say is that we had a color palette approved and seen by all the boards in Douglas County. That palette’s been here since before the building went up,” Smith said.

Hadfield said Wednesday that the colors didn’t come close to what the town board approved.

“The architect assured us at the time that he’d been around the Valley and understood what would blend in with the mountains. If there is a building in the Valley that looks as bad as this one, I’d like to know about it. I’m appalled,” Hadfield said.

In a letter to the Douglas County planning department, Minden resident Diane MacKaben said the colors reminded her of a carnival sideshow.

“It also reminds one of a cheap theatrical ‘front’ which hides what’s in back. What’s wrong with conservative colors in good taste?” MacKaben asked.

“I love this Valley and it represents a sad state of affairs,” she concluded.

Smith said, so far, the feedback on the color scheme was negative.

“Usually, you don’t hear the good things,” Smith said.

The town board voted to send a letter to Carson-Tahoe Hospital and the Valley liaison board expressing its dislike of the colors.

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