A 53-acre parcel that will flank a future interchange on the cusp of Temecula and Murrieta is being studied as the potential site of a Kaiser Permanente hospital and medical complex.
If it is built, a Kaiser facility would further alter the fast-changing physical and medical landscapes of the area. But Kaiser officials caution that the planning is still in the early stages and the company has not purchased the site under consideration east of Interstate 15.
“We’re still in the due diligence,” Karen Roberts, a Kaiser spokeswoman based in Riverside, said in a Tuesday phone interview. “This is typical and it doesn’t imply an intention to build.”
News of Kaiser’s scrutiny of the area began to spread after the company – which operates an umbrella of hospital, medical care and insurance services – submitted preliminary development plans to Temecula on Nov. 20.
A meeting with city officials was planned for Thursday to provide a first reaction to the project that could total 1.2 million square feet, stand 90 feet tall and include 250 hospital beds and more than 4,200 parking spaces.
“This (preliminary plan) is a start, but it’s very conceptual at this point,” said Stuart Fisk, a senior planner for the city. “They don’t have a lot of details in the plan. They’re just getting some ideas out there and getting some feedback.”
The submittal comes amid a flurry of medical projects that are cropping up in a region that was widely seen as lacking enough hospital beds and key specialty services. In recent weeks, a neonatal intensive care unit has opened at a Murrieta hospital and a Temecula hospital that struggled for years to break ground is more than half finished.
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