Council approves KRMC Expansion

Council approves KRMC Expansion

Just more than a year after its opening, Kearney Regional Medical Center will build a $19 million expansion.

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Kearney City Council unanimously approved development plans for an expansion at KRMC at 804 22nd Ave. The expansion will include two single-story patient wing additions, a maintenance building, a helicopter pad, and an expanded intensive-care unit with an emergency room and ambulance garage. All of the development will be built south of the existing hospital.

Les Mock, an architect at WDM Architects in Wichita, Kan., said sitework could begin as early as June, and estimated completion would be in late 2016. A contractor has estimated the cost at about $19 million, he said.

 The council previously approved development plans in February 2014 for the KRMC expansion, but changes to the plans make it necessary to have them re-approved.

“Last February, we came before council and had a development plan approved,” Mock said. “Essentially, what this new development plan represents is really an acceleration of those plans.”

The new plans show a larger maintenance building than originally proposed. A planned two-story patient wing on the west side of the hospital will now be a one-story wing on the south side.

KRMC opened in February 2014 with more than 20 patient rooms, two observation rooms and four intensive-care rooms.

Also Tuesday, the council approved terminating a lease with Pramac America and leasing the building at 4980 Airport Road to Baldwin Filters.

Pramac was recently purchased by Generax, a Wisconsin-based generator manufacturer. Generax has told the city that it will be relocating its manufacturing operations to Wisconsin. Under a termination agreement, the lease will expire on June 30.

Baldwin Filters will begin leasing the building on July 1 for $21,675 per month for three years. The company will have the option to extend the lease for an additional three-year term, with rent to increase 1.5 percent annually during the extension. Baldwin Filters also will pay real estate taxes on the property.

In other business, the council:

— Approved an application for a downtown revitalization planning grant through the Community Development Block Grant program, which is funded by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. For the first phase of the grant, the city will request $14,500 for planning, which requires a $7,000 match from the city. Upon completion of planning, the city will be eligible to apply for additional funding for downtown revitalization, which may include streetscape, lighting and sidewalk improvements.

— Approved a land-use map amendment, rezoning, platting and annexation for Eastbrooke 15th at 58th Street and Avenue U. The proposed subdivision consists of 25 single-family lots on nearly 10.5 acres.

— Approved the vacation, rezoning and platting for Marlatt Second Addition at 17th Street and Avenue M. Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity owns the property and wants to reconfigure the lots to build more homes.

— Approved development plans for an expansion at Hope Evangelical Free Church at 907 Ave. C. The project includes a 2,080-square-foot, one-story classroom and office addition on the west and south sides of the existing church.

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