Our commitment: We are excited to build the park on the Enloe campus. The park is intended to provide a quiet space for walking, meandering, contemplating and enjoying a peaceful place. It is also intended to create a nice buffer between the medical center and rest of the residential areas within our shared neighborhood. We already have a children’s playground in place, and we are committed to adding to this park space, to being a good neighbor, and help minimize any encroachment of parking in the neighborhood as best we can. As you may recall, the park is the final phase of the Enloe Century Project expansion. Building it is part of our Development Agreement with the city. We intend to follow the letter and spirit of this agreement. This is an expensive project, and it is our wish that the finished product will be something that is appreciated and enjoyed as a betterment of the neighborhood as a whole and as a comforting place for medical center patients, visitors and staff.
Contractor in place, start date pending: We have a contractor selected for building the park. We are holding the construction start date pending the finalization of discussions with CANA leaders. Over the years there have been several concepts and ideas for the park, with multiple discussions between Enloe and neighbors to share ideas and get feedback. We value the feedback and work hard to balance the neighborhoods needs and wishes with the needs of patients, visitors and staff. Once construction begins, it should take at least five months, weather permitting.
Street trees, sidewalks: As part of this project, some unhealthy, non-legacy street trees will be removed. The trees were planted years ago however they have become unsafe or are inappropriate as street trees. Many are dropping large branches. We appreciate the beauty and value of trees and will continue to plant them as part of this project and to maintain low-water-use planting and the most efficient and appropriate irrigation systems. In sidewalk work, we will remove the driveway apron (the path from the street to a driveway) at Enloe’s yellow house on Arcadian Avenue between 5th and 6th Avenues. There has not been an actual driveway at that property for many years.
Improvements over the years for the betterment of our shared neighborhood:
- As part of the development agreement, a helicopter noise assessment was done, identifying 23 homes as being within the 95 Db SEL. Enloe reached out to the owners of each home to let them know they were eligible to have their windows retrofitted; they also had an alternate option, which was to receive the cash needed for this work. Of the 23 homes, one chose to have the windows replaced; 15 chose the cash; one declined; and six did not respond to the certified mailing or other contact methods. As required, we held the option open for two years from the date of the notices. That time has already expired. Enloe fulfilled this requirement of the development agreement at least two and a half years ago.
- Enloe paid the city of Chico to help fund road improvements in the neighborhood. Of the total $450,000 that was paid, $250,000 was marked by the development agreement for road improvements within the Arcadian and Esplanade corridor between W. 1st Avenue and W. Eighth Avenue. The remaining $200,000 was for projects along one or more of the following street segments: Arcadian Avenue between W. 6th Avenue and W. 7th Ave.; W. 7th Avenue between Esplanade and Arcadian Avenue; and Magnolia Avenue between W. 7th Avenue and W. 8th Avenue; or other streets adjacent to the property. The development agreement called for the roadwork on W. 5th and W. 6th Avenues to involve grinding and overlaying the roads. Enloe decided to contribute significantly more (an additional $150,000) in order for the city to completely rebuild the road (instead of just the grinding and overlaying, which bid out at $52,000) and for it to extend the sewer line from W. 5th and W. 6th Avenues to W. 8th Avenue. The city contributed significant time and money to make that project happen, improving the condition of the neighborhood.
- Mindful of the sensitivity around Enloe’s footprint in the neighborhood, the hospital has not purchased neighborhood property outside of our existing footprint in the neighborhood for ten years.
- To help alleviate some of the impact of hospital-related parking and traffic on the neighborhood, Enloe implemented free valet service for patients and visitors, and has kept that service in place uninterrupted. After construction was complete, we did cut back the service a bit, to weekdays and holidays only, to cover the busiest times. Enloe pays for this service, at a hefty price, because it is a convenience for patients and visitors and because we believe it helps alleviate vehicle traffic in the neighborhood.
Thank you for your feedback over the years as we’ve worked on the hospital expansion project and neighborhood improvements. We value our role in the neighborhood and value you as our neighbors.
While we do our best to project dates, they are subject to change due to factors including weather and permits. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact Bill Seguine, Director of Property Development and Facilities Management, at (530) 864-1322 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Enloe Century Project, and to read archived issues of this newsletter, visit www.enloe.org/century.