Redevelopment Commission OKs sale of land for new clinic

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Greene County General Hospital, LLC now owns property in WestGate Technology Park that will be the site of a future medical clinic.

The clinic, to be located in Scotland Community Place in the Greene County sector of the tech park, will serve as a family practice office as well as a walk-in clinic.

The Greene County Redevelopment Commission passed a resolution during a special meeting Thursday afternoon that approved the sale of the 1.1 acre plot of land for $10.

Redevelopment Commission member Ken Gremore questioned the practice of what he called "giving land away," but said he wasn't opposed to this particular transaction.

"I don't want us (the Redevelopment Commission) being tagged as the easy guys because we have given this land away," Gremore stated before voting for the medical clinic land deal.

Greene County General Hospital LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Greene County General Hospital, which is a county-owned and operated medical facility located in Linton.

Commission attorney Marilyn Hartman said a six-month construction time frame is estimated with completion in the first part of 2013.

The Scotland Community Place subdivision, located near County Road 800S, will also be the site of the new Taylor Township Fire Department/Greene County Ambulance Station.

The Redevelopment Commission also approved a resolution to hire C.H. Gormong & Son, Inc., of Terre Haute to serve as the professional construction manager for the fire station project.

Greene County Health Clinic is being built by Garmong Construction.

Redevelopment Commission President Hal Harp and secretary Gremore were authorized to negotiate the contract fee terms for the professional services with Gormong representatives.

Hartman said the commission is hopeful that the hiring of a construction management firm will bring in better bids.

The commission plans to open bids at its December meeting and award the contracts in January.

The Redevelopment Commission is paying for the construction of the fire station/ambulance service complex, which will be leased to Taylor Township to provide fire and emergency services to existing and future tenants located within the Economic Development Area of the tech park.

The estimated $514,000 fire/ambulance station is needed to provide more direct access to Interstate 69 for first responder calls. The new station will be located less than a mile from the U.S. 231/I-69 interchange.

The township had sought a $400,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) to assist with the $514,000 project. However, that grant was not approved.

The Greene County Redevelopment Commission then agreed to put up $245,765, the Greene County Foundation pledged $18,500, and Taylor Township will pay $250,000 in the form of a bank loan.

The fire department is planning to build an approximate 60 feet by 100 feet fire station that will also house a Greene County Ambulance Service unit and housing facility.

Because of contractual agreements between the county and the Battery Innovation Center, the county is obligated to provide the fire/ambulance protection coverage close to the site of the proposed $14 million facility in the technology park.

The Redevelopment Commission will meet in regular session at 2 p.m. next Thursday in the third floor meeting room at the Greene County Courthouse in Bloomfield.

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