7/18/19 - Planning Commission Meeting (6 pm, City Council Chambers) - The agenda is available here. Public comments will be heard.
7/24/19 - City Council Meeting (6 pm, City Council Chambers) - When the agenda is available, it will be posted here. Public comments will be heard.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: THIS IS NOT A "DONE DEAL" BUT WE MUST MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD AT CITY COUNCIL, PLANNING COMMISSION AND OTHER PUBLIC MEETINGS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
As of 4/15/19, CNU's plans for a medical complex include:
- 12-story hospital with a helistop and a penthouse
- additional 7-story patient tower which would increase the bed count from 250 to 400
- 29,300 sq. ft. central plant
- 3 parking structures, two of which would be four stories in height and one of which would include basketball, tennis and volleyball courts for student use on the roof level, nearest to homes in the Stonelake community
- 4-story out-patient clinic
- 5-story medical office building
- 5-story dormitory to house 300 students with only 150 parking spaces allotted for them.
Additionally, CNU representatives have confirmed their purchase of a nearby parcel off Maritime Drive. They claim they have no plans for how to use that property.
In spite of city officials and the city website stating the hospital would be 10-stories tall, plans submitted and available for viewing as of 4/15/19 indicate that it would, in fact, be 12-stories tall with an additional 55' high metal panel wall on top. A helipad would also reside on top of the hospital. This is yet another example of the inaccurate and ever-changing statistics we have been provided by CNU and our local government
The lack of transparency and the distribution of false facts has been a major concern ever since CNU announced their plans for the medical complex at a press conference on 12/20/18. From the size of the structure to, most notably, the greatly exaggerated projected jobs creation number of 24,000 over the next 10 years, CNU representatives and city officials have enjoyed the impressiveness of these falsehoods. The jobs creation number has been slashed to 1,400 and CNU representatives now admit that these are merely "internal estimates" based on their hopes and aspirations and not on any official studies. Both CNU and city officials further state that only "6 or 7" businesses would be displaced and or/destroyed, when in fact, that number is fifteen.
CNU officials have repeatedly blamed these discrepancies on the media "misquoting" them, in spite of the fact that many of these numbers were presented in both CNU's own original press release and by the CEO/President of CNU himself at the press conference.
CNU has made no efforts to publicly correct these "misquotes" through the media and, when given the opportunity by a channel 13 news reporter, they responded to an interview request with "no comment", as can be seen here.
CNU made little, if any, effort to reach out to affected business owners and residents in a timely fashion. A promised "community outreach event" was turned into a private meeting with community leaders who were personally selected by CNU to attend, as well as a group of five Stonelake residents who managed to obtain an invitation at the last minute. The continuous lack of transparency is alarming.
GET INVOLVED AND SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP HERE.