The Chief Executive Officer of Kingman Regional Medical Center has clarified the hospital’s position and perspective concerning the proposed Kingman Crossing Interstate 40 interchange project. In his July 12 letter to the Mayor and city council members, Brian Turney said he wanted to set the record straight following “inaccuracies” within a “speculative Facebook post” authored by council member Travis Lingenfelter.
In his post that was subsequently removed, Lingenfelter said he believed that the hospital would ask the city to donate its land south of the interchange in return for a share of future sales tax dollars. Turney explained that the hospital would actually prefer to buy the property from the city and build the interchange itself.
Lingenfelter expressed concern that access roads to the north and south and other community needs might not be addressed if the hospital leads the charge and the city does not pursue the Kingman Crossing as a strategic and comprehensive package.
“While I appreciate KRMC and their partnership, and I certainly can understand their goals for their property, the City must be far more comprehensive in our strategic decision making for this community,” Lingenfelter’s Facebook post said. “That proposed solution would not address a roadway to the South, it would not address infrastructure investment to the South, it would not address a public safety station, and it would not address anything beyond what KRMC requires of the project in order to develop their land.”
Turney’s letter indicated the hospital analysis is ‘that the less complex the project, the greater the chance of success.” It said a sales tax revenue sharing plan to pay back the cost of building the interchange appears to be a viable approach.
“Our analysis showed the financial upside to the City from potential sales tax revenues dwarfed the income potential to both KRMC and the City from land sales or land leases,” Turney’s letter said. “If the Applied Economics report is reasonably accurate, the City is foregoing millions of dollars each year the project is delayed and the City’s potential revenue stream from 2020-2035 is over $100-million. Even if the report overstates the opportunity, the numbers are still significant.”
Turney said hospital and city officials conducted site visits in May and June with different developers who might have interest in the project. He said the hospital will continue looking for a developer as the project evolves.
How to approach the Crossing project appears twice on the agenda for the Kingman City Council meeting that starts at 5:30 p.m. on July 18.
Mayor Monica Gates and staff are calling for a resolution authorizing the City Manager and City Attorney to move forward in developing alternatives and strategies with a hospital partnership in mind. The other agenda item involves Lingenfelter’s proposal for a more comprehensive approach, possibly employing an alternative design/build project delivery method.