The Pueblo Chieftan

Spanish Peaks plans own campus

A 10-acre site near the Pueblo YMCA on the North Side is set to become home to a projected $29 million campus planned by Spanish Peaks Behavioral Health Centers.

The mental health services provider recently acquired the land with an eye toward starting construction on the first buildings in 2015, following a major capital campaign, Spanish Peaks Chief Business Officer Tina McCrory said Thursday.

In Pueblo, the agency currently operates out of clinics and offices in seven buildings scattered around Pueblo County, she said. The agency also operates offices in Las Animas and Huerfano counties.

McCrory on Thursday gave an early peek at the campus project to members of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce during the group’s monthly luncheon at the Pueblo Convention Center. Spanish Peaks co-sponsored the luncheon.

Elsewhere at the meeting, the chamber heard a presentation from Gregory Graff about ongoing studies to better detail the agriculture industry’s overall economic impact on the state.

Graff, an associate professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, said fast growth in new products such as craft brewing and cheese are adding to the state’s agricultural muscle.

McCrory, during her address, spoke of Spanish Peaks’ major growth since its founding 51 years ago and its concern that a significant share of the general public still is unclear about its many offerings and programs. Last year, the agency served nearly 8,000 clients, up from 100 the first year, she said.

“We’re hoping this will create better awareness and also bring new jobs to Pueblo,” she said of the campus project. Drawings displayed during her address showed a large collection of buildings are planned for the campus.

McCrory likened the complex to a larger version of the new Mount Carmel Health, Wellness and Community Center in Trinidad that is proving to be a major success, she said. Spanish Peaks is the major provider of services at the Trinidad center.

ddarrow@chieftain.com

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