Hospital backer pulls out of project

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

The proposed Tri-County Hospital has hit another snag in its development, according to Chiefland staff at Monday night's regular commission meeting.

The Lend Lease company, a financial backer and construction company that signed on with Ameris Health Systems more than a year ago to help in the construction of the hospital, has pulled out of the deal, according to City Financial Coordinator Laurie Copeland.

In early February, the city was notified that it had qualified for an $877,177 state grant to fund sewer and water line extensions to the site of the proposed hospital, money Ameris representative Frank Schupp previously told the commission was necessary to get the hospital built.

But  a day or two after receiving notice of the city's award of the grant, according to Copeland, Lend Lease Vice President Curtis Cupp called to say his company would not be involved with the project. Copeland said Cupp gave no explanation why.

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