By Ron Rector, Community & Economic Development Director
City of Barstow
The New Barstow Community Hospital Breaks Ground
Barstow Community Hospital celebrated a milestone on September 8, 2010 with community members, local dignitaries and representatives from Community Health Systems (CHS) taking part in a historic groundbreaking ceremony for the new Barstow Community Hospital.
The last groundbreaking for Barstow Community Hospital took place nearly 60 years ago in the early 1950s, so this groundbreaking marked a significant step in the evolution of care in the community. The new Barstow Community Hospital – an advanced facility that will include all private rooms, a much bigger ER, expanded operating suites and diagnostic imaging services area and dramatic improvements in the obstetrical/maternity services area and the intensive care unit – is expected to open near the end of 2012.
The new Barstow Community Hospital will be a beautiful, modern facility that meets the needs of our community and is designed to allow for future expansions to accommodate a growing community.
To stay ahead of schedule, Layton Construction, Irvine-based general contractor for the new hospital, began moving dirt on the new hospital property, 19 acres across Mountain View Street from the current hospital, even before the ground-breaking ceremony was held. More than 250,000 cubic yards of dirt must be moved on the property before construction of the hospital can began (no dirt will be taken off the property or be brought in for fill).
In November 2010, the hospital expects to have its new hospital plans approved by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), the state agency responsible for new hospital construction.
In early 2011, the general contractor will begin work on the hospital’s foundation and underground work. By the summer of 2011, the structure should start taking shape, and for nearly a year work will take place inside the structure so that the facility is open by the end of 2012. At the height of construction, the new hospital will employ between 150 to 200 construction workers on any given day.
To stay abreast of the latest new hospital construction news, visit Barstow Community Hospital’s web site at www.barstowhospital.com and select the new hospital button on the home page. Beginning in 2011, community members are encouraged to return to the site occasionally to watch the on-going construction process via a time-lapse video.
Barstow Community Hospital is one of 123 hospitals in 29 states affiliated with Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS). Headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., CHS is one of the leading operators of general acute care hospitals. The City is lucky to have such a health care provider assisting the City and the surrounding community with preparing for a bright and healthy future at the “Crossroads of Opportunity”.
Wal-Mart Distribution Center Close to Breaking Ground
The Barstow Industrial Park was selected by the world’s largest retailer to be the home for one of its mechanized distribution centers. Wal-Mart announced its plans to build and operate a food distribution center in the Barstow Industrial Park. Construction on phase one, 450,000-sq.-ft. cold storage facility, will be located on 147 acres. Employment is estimated at 300. Phase two consists of a 550,000 sq.-ft. dry goods facility. Employment is estimated at 400. Phase one is expected to break ground this year.
The cornerstone of the city’s business attraction efforts is the twelve hundred acre Barstow Industrial Park. IDS Real Estate, the developer for the Barstow Industrial Park, will offer large parcels of land within three miles of Interstate 15. IDS is working to complete the environmental impact report and to obtain all entitlements by 2011. A railroad extension to the property, forecasted for completion in 2012, positions it as one of the most sought-after industrial locations in Southern California.
IDS estimates that it will construct 11.5 million sq. ft. of new industrial buildings over a 7 to 9 year period. When fully built out, the Barstow Industrial Park could create between 8,250 and 12,400 new living wage jobs.
With the Barstow Industrial Park as the hub of our future job creation, the proposed Lenwood Rd. grade separation is critically important to transportation movement and relieving congestion in the area of our industrial park. The Lenwood Rd. grade separation is currently in preliminary engineering and environmental work.
Other Great News
The County of San Bernardino is nearing completion on a 32,000 sq. ft. remodeling of the old Barstow Mall. The County plans to house several of its departments in this facility, include their behavioral health department.
The City was awarded a $2 million U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration grant to assist with the upgrade of the City’s wastewater reclamation facility. The upgrade will help the city meet the growing need brought on by Barstow’s economic growth.
Barstow City Council has approved a $13 million budget to be used for the city’s street Capital Improvement Program. Sully-Miller is currently working on several streets. The street construction projects are expected to be completed by June 30, 2011.
If you want quality office space in the Historic Harvey House, you better grab it while you can. The space is filling up fast.
To learn more about the “Crossroads of Opportunity,” visit the city’s web site at www.barstowca.org or give Ron Rector a call at (760) 255-5151.