Hospital expansion to begin this summer; done by 2013 |

Hospital expansion to begin this summer; done by 2013

Expansion at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley is expected to start this summer, thanks to a special government approval Thursday.

The Nevada Irrigation District annexed two properties next to the hospital to provide water for the new outpatient imaging and women’s center medical office. Hospital spokesman Gary Cooke said grading could begin March 1 with construction of the building this summer, weather permitting.

The approval by the Local Agency Formation Commission paves the way for phase one of the hospital’s overall expansion project, expected to be complete by 2013.

The commission also said NID’s idea to annex other Grass Valley parcels in the future would not be allowed unless it submits a “sphere of influence” plan, due Jan.1, 2006.

According to SR Jones, the formation commission’s executive officer, a number of properties in the Spring Hill area adjacent to the hospital are not within NID borders. That is hampering redevelopment in the area and NID is looking at ways to rectify the situation, Jones said.

NID General Manager Ron Nelson last month told the board the district’s Raw Water Master Plan will have to be completed before the sphere of influence plan is. Formation commission board member and NID board member John Drew said the master plan will be done by April and the sphere plan should be done before the end-of-the-year deadline.

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