Health Care Facilities

The projects listed below represent just some of the many cases in which lawyers at the firm were successful in obtaining the entitlements needed for development approval.  Examples of significant projects include:

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Phoenix Projects

Attorneys at the firm have represented several hospital systems in campus planning and design as well as medical office buildings, nursing homes and care centers throughout the entire State of Arizona with offices in Phoenix and Tucson. Some of the issues addressed have included infill development and healthcare needs.

Camelback Behavioral Health Hospital
Mr. Lazarus worked directly with Camelback Hospital, now a division of Banner Health, in government entitlements required for the operation of adult and adolescent treatment centers under a behavioral health format.

Camelback Hospital was the state’s premier mental health care center in the 1970’s and 1980’s located in the middle of a high-end neighborhood, just north of Camelback Road. Substantial neighborhood negotiations were required to expand the facility to meet the needs of the community.

Banner Health Care Systems – Banner Good Samaritan Hospital
Mr. Lazarus represented Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix’ largest acute care hospital, in consolidating several zoning districts into one, creating a campus plan, and an appropriate signage package.

This organized the campus and positioned the hospital for future growth.

Ascend Behavioral Health
Ascend Health Corporation, one of the top nationally recognized developers and operators of psychiatric facilities, turned to Mr. Lazarus to obtain entitlements for their newest facility.

A special permit was needed to redevelop a portion of the Kivel Campus of Care as a behavioral health facility at 28th Street, just north of Indian School Road. Psychiatric hospitals are often seen as an unwelcomed use, however, after the Firm spent much time and effort addressing concerns of nearby neighbors, the Camelback East Village Planning Committee unanimously approved the request, as did the Planning Commission, and the case was subsequently approved on the City Council’s consent agenda.

Assisted Living Alzheimer’s (Gilbert)
The doors opened for a l12-bed Alzheimer patient facility in the Town of Gilbert, due in large part to efforts of attorneys at the firm, including processing of development entitlement approvals through the Planning Commission and Town Council, as well as design review approval.

Maryland Gardens Care Center/Assisted Living FacilityMaryland Gardens Care Center/Assisted Living Facility
Mr. Lazarus obtained a Special Permit to allow for an expansion of an assisted living/ skilled nursing care facility located near the southwest corner of Central and Maryland Avenues.

A successful outcome required significant coordination with adjacent and surrounding property owners including, All Saints Episcopal Church, the North Central Homeowners Neighborhood Association and other neighbors.

Steingard Medical Center
Lawyers at the firm obtained approvals for annexation, a General Plan Amendment and rezoning for Dr. Paul Steingard and his group to develop a medical office project on 7 acres located on the east side of 19th Avenue, north of Happy Valley Road.

As a result of numerous meetings with the adjacent and surrounding homeowners, changes were made to the site plan to improve its compatibility with the residential use and rural character of the area. In fact, these site plan changes and other considerations were so significant that the neighbors signed support petitions and the Deer Valley Village Planning Committee recommended a nearly unanimous approval (13-1) of the rezoning request. In turn, the Phoenix Planning Commission and City Council both approved the project.

Tucson Projects

UMC North
This project involved the redevelopment of the Tucson General Hospital as the premier UMC North Cancer Center campus. A Planned Area Development zoning was created to permit UMC the flexibility of creating a specific medical campus for cancer treatment and ancillary services. The project includes the redevelopment of the Tucson General Hospital building, development of an adjacent Ronald McDonald House, and construction of associated healing gardens, all of which is complete. The entitlements include additional buildings and a parking garage that can be constructed in later phases. Our role in the project was to obtain the entitlements, including extensive negotiations with the City and neighbors. We have ongoing work in assisting with the implementation of the PAD.

Northwest Medical Center
Located on the southeast corner of La Cholla and Orange Grove roads, this project involved the creation of a Specific Plan zoning for the medical campus.  Extensive negotiations were required with Pima County and the adjoining neighbors, specifically dealing with future development of the medical campus and the surrounding roadways.  The approval of the NW Medical Center Specific Plan has assisted the medical campus to grow in a coordinated fashion and create a user-friendly medical campus for northwestern Tucson.