By Philip Haldiman
A 56-bed physical rehabilitation hospital could be coming to 94th Drive and Plaza Del Rio Boulevard in Peoria.
Banner Health is requesting to rezone 6.84 acres located within the larger Plaza Del Rio mixed-use development from Multi-Family Residential to Planned Area Development.
The project is proposed for a three story, or a maximum of 58 feet, facility that would provide services to patients recovering from surgical procedures with an average stay of about 14 days.
Peoria City Council will consider the case Nov. 13.
The location is surrounded by a broad array of uses ranging from medical and administrative offices, to age-restricted senior facilities, multi-family and single family residential.
Senior Planner Cody Gleason said the site is currently occupied by a building that previously housed an Alzheimer’s care and hospice facility, but it has been vacant for years and does not appropriately accommodate the operational needs of the proposed hospital. If approved, the Alzheimer’s facility would be demolished in preparation for construction of the roughly 65,870 square-foot proposed hospital.
Commissioner Joanna Conde said the project is a perfect use and was thrilled to see the property finally get developed.
“When I moved to Desert Harbor 30 years ago, Plaza Del Rio was just starting and was supposed to be a wonderful medical complex. Then the recession came in the 90s and a lot of that land has been sitting there empty for years. And it was amazing that they put in single-family homes. Nobody ever expected that,” she said. “I have seen this area designed and redesigned over the years and it wouldn’t come to fruition. So I think this is a very appropriate use. It is tucked back, and it is right near where they are going to be needing a place like this.”
Banner Health is requesting to rezone 6.84 acres in Peoria.
Existing use: Former Alzheimer’s facility
Proposed use: 3-story, 56-bed physical rehab hospital
Property Size: 6.84 acres
Proposed height: 48 Feet
Parking: Two spaces per bed