ROY -- An emergency care center is coming to Roy to serve residents in Weber and Davis counties.
IASIS Healthcare applied for a conditional-use permit to build the facility at approximately 3450 W. 5600 South.
The city council unanimously approved the permit and is eager to have the 15,000-square-foot facility in town.
"This is an exciting project. It is really good for Roy city, and it clears up a blighted area," Mayor Joe Ritchie said.
The land was bought by Home Depot as the site for a new store, but the idea was abandoned soon after the economy and housing market tanked about four years ago. The space has been for sale for quite some time, said City Planner Jared Hall.
Councilman Willard Cragun expressed some concern over not using the property as a commercial site.
"As things start to come back, we may need that spot. We are landlocked," Cragun said regarding expansion of the city's commercial tax base.
Ritchie said there is more to look at with the IASIS Healthcare center. He brought up the property tax, plus all the taxable equipment used for the emergency care facility.
"We all agree it would have been nice if the previous owner would have developed, but times have changed," Councilman John Cordova said.
He sees the location as being perfect to serve residents in the west end.
"It will save lives. ... One of us may end up needing it," Cordova said.
Councilman Michael Stokes agreed.
"It's a scary thought to get injured on the west side of the valley," Stokes said. He also knows that sometimes the area hospital emergency facilities get to full capacity, so the emergency center will be a nice option.
IASIS Healthcare owns four hospitals in Utah, including Davis Hospital. This center will be like a satellite to the Davis Hospital, Hall said. It will be a step up from an instant-care facility but won't be a full-scale hospital. It will have equipment and capability to provide emergency medical services, but will transport patients to one of the Weber or Davis county hospitals as needed, Hall said. It will not have a helicopter landing pad, but it will have full-scale emergency services.
Hall said IASIS will now work with the city to get all the necessary permits so the ground can be cleared and building can start sometime this winter.
"I know they aren't interested in waiting or holding back," Hall said in a phone interview. The area is zoned community commercial, which is legal zoning for the facility, but a conditional-use permit is required anytime a business plans to operate 24 hours a day.
"We just need to give residents a chance to express concern," Hall said.
There have been no major concerns from residents about the site.