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Got some good land for a hospital?

The Cowichan District Hospital has been deemed beyond renovation, leading to a search for a new site. - Peter W. Rusland/file
The Cowichan District Hospital has been deemed beyond renovation, leading to a search for a new site.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

Psst. Got a chunk of land suitable for a $400 million, 26,000-square meter project?

The Cowichan Valley Regional Hospital District is accepting expressions of interest from local landowners who may be holding the future home of the Cowichan hospital.

"The purpose of the Expression of Interest is to identify landowners with properties that meet our site selection criteria and that fit into long term plans for the eventual replacement of Cowichan District Hospital," CVRHD Chairman Rob Hutchins said in a media release.

"We want to ensure that we do our part to ensure the right piece of property is available should a new hospital for the Cowichan Valley be approved in the future."

A series of public meetings in the late fall helped nail down the site selection criteria. They include: proximity to population and current health services, transportation access, zoning, helicopter access and cost to make usable.

The site also has to be at least 15 acres and removed from the flood plain. The full site selection criteria can be viewed here.

Site acquisition is one of the earliest steps in the process to replace the current hospital and would require regional and provincial government approval. Neither approvals, or funding are currently in place.

McElhanney Consulting will be assisting the CVRHD in identifying potential properties that may be suitable for use as a hospital site.

The EOI document is posted on the BC Bid website at www.bcbid.ca.

The closing date for submissions is April 7, 2014 at 2 pm.

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