Granby Ranch brings Medical Center and Sports Amenities to Community
Healthy economy and healthy people inspire gifts of land
Because Grand County is so spread out, it has struggled with unifying and improving its health care for years. As well, the citizens of East Grand County have long-term hopes for a recreation center and other sports amenities in the Granby area.
Those are big needs, but Granby Ranch has embraced the challenge. The resort near Granby has stepped forward with land donations for both health care and recreation, continuing its commitment to the Granby community and Grand County.
For starters, Granby Ranch donated the nineacre site for the new Middle Park Medical Center that recently started construction in Granby at Granby Park, located on the east side of Highway 40 in Granby, south of the Fraser River bridge going into town.
The gift from Granby Realty Holdings, LLC (Granby Ranch’s Marise Cipriani and partners) to Kremmling Memorial Hospital District (KMHD) is valued at $1.5 million.
Adding value to that generous contribution, Granby Ranch also donated land in Granby Park to the town of Granby for a future recreation center and new ball fields.
In total, the gifts to the community are estimated to be worth a little more than $2.85 million, and the Middle Park Medical Center will anchor Granby Park, along with a new 156-acre retail and residential property in southern Granby.
Granby Park will represent an extension of the downtown Granby core, with a traffic signal envisioned for the center at Ten Mile Drive and Highway 40. Kremmling Memorial Hospital District (KMHD), the owner of the medical center, the town of Granby and Granby Ranch worked as a team to make it happen.
Site preparation work and infrastructure installation has started on the 27,000 square-foot, $20 million medical center. The new medical center should be operational by the fourth quarter of 2011.
“Granby Ranch was very instrumental in making this happen,” said Jeff Miller, vice president of the Board of Directors for KMHD. “By donating that land, without any hiccups, it has gotten the project in gear a lot sooner than it would have been. I tip my hat to those guys, especially Marise Cipriani and Kyle Harris (CEO of Granby Ranch).”
Granby Mayor Jynnifer Pierro said the town couldn’t have done its work to expedite the planning process for the new center without the land donations from Granby Ranch.
“To donate the land for the new medical center was a very generous gesture,” Pierro said. “And the added gifts of donated land for a rec center and ball fields, well, they were the icing on the cake.”
Pierro said that although there are no definitive plans for a new rec center, having the land secured marks a critical first step for any such facility in the Granby area. “We’re delighted to be working with Granby Ranch for the betterment of the community,” she added. “This is good for the local economy now and in the future.”
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