Sunnyside hospital seeks $2 million in state funding

Officials asking city to serve as go-between

— The local hospital will seek $2 million in state funds to connect water and sewer to its planned expansion on Alexander Road.

The City Council will tonight Sunnyside Community Hospital’s request for the city to serve as a go-between for an application to the state’s Community Economic Revitalization Board.

Hospital officials are seeking $1.7 million low-interest loan and a $300,000 grant from the agency, records show.

City engineers estimate it will cost the hospital $5 million to install water and sewer lines to the 50-acre site at the corner of Alexander Road and state Highway 241, Public Works Director said in comments prepared for council.

The hospital is investing $120 million in the new campus, CERB application documents show.

Last fall, hospital officials asked the council to seek funds through Yakima County’s Supporting Investment in Economic Development program. That item was later pulled from the council agenda.

Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Gallagher announced the land purchase and plans for the medical campus in October 2015.

At that time, the plan was to break ground on the new site in December 2016.

Hospital officials missed that timeframe, but have made progress.

They worked with city officials to have land across from the site included in the city’s urban growth area to help with utility access.

And city officials last August completed their environmental review with mitigating factors associated with the project.

Also, the council will review a proposal to build an access road at the Grandview Avenue water reservoir. That proposal stems from a landslide in the area near the water tower.

The council meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Law and Justice Center, 401 Homer St.


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