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April 12, 2013

Willow Park council OKs medical complex plans

Approval follows discussions questioning Board of Adjustments’ action

By CHRISTIN COYNE

WILLOW PARK – After about an hour of discussion by council members Tuesday night, including the topic of whether to sue the city’s Board of Adjustments in district court, the Willow Park City Council voted to approve a site plan for an emergency room and medical office building proposed by Texas Health Resources.

The medical facility, which THR told the city last year they hope to grow and use as a hospital one day, is planned for the northwest corner of north Interstate 20 service road and Crown Pointe Road.

Representatives of the company told the city Tuesday that they plan build a free-standing emergency department along with a three-story, 30,000-square-foot building for approximately 15 physician offices.

Several council members asked questions regarding the site plan application.

Council member Amy Podany noted council members had received more information and comments from the staff in the past about what had been addressed during the site plan application process and said she would like to start getting more information.

Council member Bernard Suchocki said he believed the new forms for the site plan application process were a start but he wanted to see everybody, from the planning and zoning commission, to engineering and legal, involved.

Mayor Richard Neverdousky advised the council discuss the process at an upcoming workshop.

A variance for a three-story building granted by the city’s board of adjustments late last month was also a point of contention for at least one council member.

Suchocki indicated he had issues with the site plans including a three-story building.

City Fire Marshal Brent Sauble told the council that he had been working hand-in-hand with the engineer and architects all the way through the planning and zoning and board of adjustments process.

They have different regulations for hospitals as opposed to residential or everything commercial buildings, Sauble said.

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