Casper Could See an Expansion of Medical Facilities

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Casper-(KCWY) "The east and west and the mall have pretty much taken care of themselves and are doing a pretty good job of it,” said Casper City Manager John Patterson.

East Casper continues building up and if approved by the state loan and investments board a road with access to 52 acres is planned to expand the Mcmurry Business Park with more medical facilities.

"Because of our proximity to every other community in Wyoming we are perfectly positioned to be the medical center of Wyoming,” said Patterson.

With the new hospital being built, plus the expected Wyoming Medical Center Clinic, and Mountain View Regional Hospital Patterson says it would become a medical hub for the state, but with new medical jobs city leaders say comes the need for more housing.

"Probably going to be more housing needed on this side of town however in Evansville we don't have the space for it, it's just not there,” said Evansville Mayor Phil Hinds.

Evansville city officials recently sold 26 acres by the North Platte River for housing, over a hundred homes will be built, but Mayor Hinds says it probably will be the last of them for a while. An ongoing study is looking at ways the city can expand and make room for housing.

"If we go across the river were going to have to have a bridge or something like that to develop north,” said Hinds.

It's not just Evansville, Mills and Bar Nunn leaders are all looking at ways to deal with the influx of people to the area.

"Growth is inevitable and you have to control it and you have to prepare for it, and you have to be ready for it,” said Hinds.