Kansas surgical center development interrupted over state concerns

The Kansas state fire marshal stopped construction on a surgery center in Lenexa due to concerns over the building's design, the Kansas City Star reports.

What you should know:

1. The center, being developed by Lenexa-based Minimally Invasive Surgical Hospital and Clinics, reached a compromise with the state to have the order lifted. The center agreed to keep its medical gas, fire alarms and sprinkler systems uncovered until the office inspected them.

2. The state fire marshal admitted that his office rarely issues such orders, and that they're often only necessary when facilities resist other attempts to bring them into compliance.

3. An attorney representing the hospital and the surgical center believed the cease-and-desist order was inappropriate because the facility was still closed.

4. William and William Construction, the firm building the center, disagreed with the fire marshal's report and is considering legal action. The city of Lenexa and the firm have feuded in the past.

5. Ultimately, the firm reassured the paper that the surgical center will be safe and code-compliant.

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