We have extensive experience in advising medical institutions on real estate acquisition, development, and defense of legal challenges to project entitlements. A prime examples of this is our service as lead counsel for Sutter-affiliated California Pacific Medical Center’s $2.7 billion Long Range Development Plan, which includes a five-campus rebuilding project to modernize CPMC’s system that provides health care for more than one third of San Francisco patients. The project includes the replacement of three existing hospitals with two new, state-of-the art hospitals in order to meet state seismic safety mandates, as well as the construction of associated ambulatory care and medical office buildings. It is one of the largest rebuild projects in San Francisco’s history and is critical to San Francisco’s health care system and its disaster readiness, as well as its economic base—CPMC is the city’s second largest private employer.
Coblentz is advising CPMC on the project’s complicated CEQA environmental review, which covers activities at four existing, non-contiguous campuses throughout the City and one entirely new campus, Cathedral Hill Hospital and Medical Center. Coblentz is assisting CPMC in negotiating a detailed development agreement with the city that includes community health care-based public benefits that go far beyond those covered in a typical development agreement. Coblentz is also advising CPMC in compliance with the provisions for a broad range of workforce, transportation and health care related community benefits, as well as public hearings on the state of the project commitments overall, and has also advised CPMC in connection with construction of a pedestrian tunnel under Van Ness Avenue (US Highway 101), and massive construction undertaking for the two new hospitals at the St. Luke’s and Cathedral Hill Campuses.
The San Francisco Business Times selected the CPMC rebuild as its 2013 “Deal of the Year,” and the Mills-Peninsula Medical Center campus as the 2011 Finalist for “Best Public/Cultural/Health” deal in its annual Real Estate Deals of the Year.