Marshfield submits site plan for proposed cancer care
Posted: October 7, 2016
Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) has submitted to the City of Eau Claire a site plan for its new Eau Claire cancer facility, the next step in MCHS's "Caring for the Chippewa Valley" proposal to build a new hospital with an attached cancer care on land just south of its Eau Claire center. The Eau Claire Plan Commission and city council are expected to review the plan in the coming weeks, with construction of the cancer center anticipated to start shortly after city approval.
"Caring for the Chippewa Valley" will help make MCHS a truly integrated local health care system, maximizing efficiencies that will help us start making care more affordable for patients while providing an even higher quality of services and a great patient experience. It's exciting to see this project continue to move forward, and we are committed to continuing to work cooperatively with the city to make the new hospital and cancer care facility a true community asset", said MCHS CEO Susan Turney.
The cancer facility and hospital are already permitted uses for the site under current zoning and the city's comprehensive plan. The Plan Commission will review the site plan-which outlines the cancer building's location, size and orientation, as well as features such as landscaping, fencing, lighting, traffic flow, parking, signage, storm drainage, utility lines and outdoor storage for trash and building system equipment-to ensure that it complies with city requirements.
The cancer center will be built at the intersection of Craig Road and Clairemont Avenue, currently the site of the Plaza Hotel & Suites. MCHS has purchased the real estate and the hotel business will continue to operate the business through December, after which it will be demolished. Preliminary work is expected to start as hotel operations wind down, with the cancer center tentatively set to open in 2017. TBL