Archive for Thursday, June 22, 2006

LMH land purchase approved

June 22, 2006

A project by Lawrence Memorial Hospital to build a new medical office building in Eudora is a step closer to reality.

LMH board members on Wednesday agreed to give LMH President and CEO Gene Meyer permission to finalize the $900,000 purchase of 21 acres of ground at the southeast corner of Kansas Highway 10 and Church Street.

Construction for a building that would at the least house new physician offices could begin in late 2007.

LMH leaders announced in December that they had an option to purchase the property, but they had never finalized the deal. Concerns had emerged about the ability to provide sewer service and new roads to the site in a financially feasible manner.

Meyer said those concerns remain, but hospital leaders wanted to move forward on the project anyway.

"We're excited about the project because Eudora is such a growth-oriented community," Meyer said. "K-10 is of real strategic importance to us because of competitive issues with the Kansas City and Johnson County areas."

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