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Fri, March 22

Vanderbilt, Medcath get green light

City Council approved a rezoning request and preliminary plat for the Kingman Crossing area shopping center planned by Vanderbilt Farms LLC Monday, as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The request rezones about 115 acres from R-R: Rural Residential to C-3: Commercial, Service Business Planned Development District and about 55 acres from R-R to C-2: Commercial, Community Business.

The land, located north of Interstate 40, south of Airway Avenue, east of Sage Street and west of Wagon Wheel Drive, is platted for four commercial lots, which will accommodate nearly 750,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

The Development Services Department will withhold building permits for the site until construction on a future Kingman Crossing interchange commences, Director Gary Jeppson said.

Among others, developer and mayoral candidate Bill Nugent spoke in support of Vanderbilt's requests.

"I appreciate the Council and staff letting the concept of Kingman Crossing be aired," he said. "It's important to our community. In the next 10 years, 10 million workers in our country are going to be retiring.

"The young people of today are different than we are. They pick where they want to live first and then their job. They don't move to the job. So, we have to start thinking of our community as a place to live for the next generation."

Council approved both the rezoning and the preliminary plat with a vote of 6-0, with Councilman Dave French abstaining due to the listing of Doctors Hospital LLC as part property owner. French is a member of the executive board at Kingman Regional Medical Center, which he declared as a conflict of interest.

MedCath

Council also approved MedCath Inc.'s preliminary plat for its 31-acre Hualapai Mountain Medical Center, to be located between the Vanderbilt property and Airway Avenue. That land includes three lots housing the hospital and various medical office buildings.

The most significant concern Council members raised about the MedCath project was the potential for debris during the construction process along the as yet unimproved extension of Santa Rosa Drive. The road heads south off Airway Avenue, continuing through a residential neighborhood before ending just northwest of the MedCath property. The company must extend Santa Rosa to turn east and connect with Prospector Street.

Councilwoman Janet Watson worried that the debris dispersed by construction vehicles prior to improving the road would adversely affect the residential neighborhoods surrounding the property. Jeppson advised Council that the company would be required to use water trucks to hose down the path to the construction site.

Councilman Ray Lyons said, "Every contractor I've seen around Kingman does a really good job of watering everything down, and I'm sure they would do the same here."

David Stepelevich, MedCath's director of projects, said current plans include grading the exterior of the property first. "So, you will have a road, more than likely, before the building gets constructed. If not a permanent finished road, it will be a construction access."

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