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Plan on hold for mental-health hospital in Gilbert

PHOENIX (AP)- A developer's plan to build a mental-health hospital next to an elementary school in Gilbert is on hold.

That's after staunch opposition from parents led the company to announce its intention Thursday to seek a different location.

Kentucky-based hospital operator Springstone had hoped to open Gilbert's first behavioral-health institution by fall 2014.

But The Arizona Republic reports that concerned neighbors and parents from Pioneer Elementary School mobilized against the company.

Gilbert's economic development team will work with Springstone to find a new potential site for the hospital, which was to have 72 beds and cost about $14 million to build.

Springstone operates four hospitals already in Ohio, Indiana and Texas and has three sites under construction.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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