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Future Medical Campus Slated For Just North Of Fort Tuthull Voted Down By Flagstaff P&Z Tuesday

The future billion dollar medical campus for Northern Arizona Health Care near Fort Tuthill has hit a snag as the Flagstaff Planning and Zoning Commission voted down the campus plan and the zoning change Tuesday night. The commission denied the specific plan request, 4-2 and tied on the zoning map request, 3-3. A second vote went 5-1 to deny the request. The new complex is planned for 190 acres just north of Fort Tuthill County Park and just to the west of Interstate-17. P&Z chairwoman Marie Jones says the thing that bothers her about the plan is sprawl. She said, “we should be densifying in our center , we should not be sprawling out to our edges.” Jones adds, “I have a hard time making a finding on that thing, now that’s just one item among a lot of items having to do with sustainability, but to me it’s a really important one.” The new campus would contain a new 700-thousand square-foot hospital, ambulatory services and a future Health and Wellness Village. NAH is requesting to change zoning from Rural Residential to Highway Commercial and Research and Development. Other commissioners are concerned about the seven-story height of the main building and transportation to the complex. NAH interim President and CEO Josh Tinkle says, “we are excited to bring our rezoning request to the City Council, as the next steps in the public process. We look forward to answering questions about the proposed Health and Wellness Village.” The plan and zoning requests are expected to be on the council’s agenda May 2nd.

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