POSTED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 11:19pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 11:22pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The currently vacant Las Cruces Country Club was approved rezoning for a proposed hospital by the city's Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night.
A development team is looking to build a 42-bed hospital right off of Main Street.
After hearing arguments in favor and against, the commission voted 3 to 2 in support of the proposed plan.
The proposed park ridge medical center would be a 42-bed hospital that requires the rezoning of about 30 acres to be able to function in that capacity.
The center would feature surgical suites, a lab and pharmacy as well as assisted living facilities among other amenities.
Residents of the adjacent country club neighborhood association had mixed reactions to hospital.
Some were in support of the new facility but others say there is no need for it and it would hurt the surrounding area.
"We need more medical facilities in Las Cruces," said Harry Hanson.
The hospital would be the anchor in what would later be developed into a new community with walking trails, parks and even dining options in the 110 acre property.
The development team said they would have looked for another site for the entire project if the medical center would not be allowed zoning.