Kadlec Regional Medical Center will help shape development of a health care campus within a large planned community in south Richland.
The hospital and Nor Am Investment — the Tacoma company behind the 1,500-acre Badger Mountain South development — will work over the next year on a campus master plan, officials announced Monday.
It hasn’t yet been decided exactly what kinds of health services will be part of the campus, but Kadlec will help “identify what companies and what services ought to be out here,” Rand Wortman, president and chief executive officer of Kadlec Health System, told reporters Monday.
“For Kadlec, this is a long-term community effort. We want to make sure the community is well served. There’s clearly going to be a lot of growth into this part of the city in the coming decades. We’re getting in on the ground floor,” he said.
Five acres of Kadlec-owned land will anchor the 30-plus acre campus, officials said. The Kadlec land will “probably end up with primary care on it — physician’s offices — and maybe some other things,” Wortman told the Herald.
Badger Mountain South, in the works for years, will eventually have 5,000 homes, four school sites, 200 acres of commercial development, roughly 15 miles of trails, two city parks, numerous private parks and 200 acres of open space, said Loren Combs of Nor Am Investment.
“The city (of Richland) approved the build-out to occur over the next 15 to 20 years,” Combs said. “We anticipate we’ll be at full build-out within the 15-year time frame.”
The first subdivision, called West Vineyard, will have nearly 170 homes. “Construction will start on those homes this building season for occupancy this fall,” Combs said.
Badger Mountain South is envisioned as a walkable, sustainable community that serves residents throughout their lives, Combs said.
“This is an inclusive community, and it was very fun to have the vision of Kadlec match up with our vision that to have a (complete) community you’ve got to take into account from the ground level integrating health care into the very fabric of the land development,” he said.
Plans for the mixed-use community gained momentum when the Richland City Council gave final approval to annexing the land in late 2010 and a development agreement between the city and Nor Am was signed a short time later.
Gary Ballew, Richland’s economic development manager, said Badger Mountain South represents major growth for the city. And “with Kadlec and their (involvement), you’re really seeing that baseline planning” that doesn’t always happen in communities, he said. “Normally, that kind of service and the retail services and commercial come later in a community, they kind of grow over time” as residential development sprouts up.
Ballew said “having these two partners (in Kadlec and Nor Am) here working on growing our community is a great thing.”
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