Was it a shrewd business decision? Did Presbyterian Hospital decide at the last minute to change its design? Did the economy hit the hospital hard enough for it to scale back plans?

Or was it all of the above?

It was 2008 when the hospital wars heated up in Mint Hill. Carolinas Medical Center had already bought land for a new hospital on Blair Road but had not filed for a Certificate of Need with the state. Presbyterian instead jumped ahead of CMC and filed for a CON for a hospital on Albemarle Road. It was first come, first serve, and Presby was eventually awarded the right to build a hospital just outside of Mint Hill.  CMC had to settle for the medical building that it currently operates on Blair Road.

Presbyterian graded the land at Albemarle Road and I-485 but then abruptly stopped, citing the need to refine its designs of the building. Many have asked when–or if–it would ever get built. The Mint Hill Times has been told several times by hospital officials that Presbyterian has every intention of building when it gets its new design ready.

WBTV asked the same question to the hospital two weeks ago and got the same answer:

Officials say at the time they were preparing to build Mint Hill Presbyterian, they got approval to build two more hospitals and the expand their downtown location.

From there, they prioritized what needed to be done first.

They also realized they wanted to make Mint Hill Presbyterian more of a community hospital. So for the last couple years they’ve been in a “redesign” phase.

The hospital tells me they’re putting the final touches on that redesign. It plans on continuing the building process 2011.