Hospital, City, Schools Work Together on Former Hospital Properties Reuse
Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) is partnering with the city of Piqua and the Piqua City Schools on making reuse of the former Piqua Memorial Medical Center site a reality. The property on Park Avenue currently is owned by the city of Piqua and will be sold to the school district for $1 once the site has been cleared.
The city is using a $2 million Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grant to remediate and demolish the structures on the site. That work should be completed by the end of the year.
The school district plans to build a new intermediate school on the site -- one of three new district buildings scheduled for construction beginning in 2013. A construction bond issue was approved by district voters last November.
To help in creating the school site, UVMC has agreed to sell the Nicklin Medical Building adjacent to the hospital property to the city of Piqua for $1. Additionally, UVMC will finance razing of the building and preparations to make that site ready for redevelopment by Piqua City Schools.
The city, in turn, will add the property to the former hospital land for transfer to the schools. The city has been instrumental in facilitating the potential acquisition of additional property for the project.
“The city is looking forward to the new school playing a major role in the redevelopment of this neighborhood and the community,” said Piqua City Manager Gary Huff.
The added land from UVMC will help the schools with better placement of the new intermediate school on the property, said Rick Hanes, superintendent of Piqua City Schools. It also will enhance space for playground, green space and parking.
“On behalf of the Piqua City Schools, we would like to extend a huge thank you to Upper Valley Medical Center for the donation,” Hanes said.
“UVMC is pleased to assist the city and school system in moving forward with development of the property,” said Tom Parker, UVMC president and CEO. “It is exciting to see that the site will be transformed into a wonderful asset to the community.”
The 20,000-square-foot Nicklin building currently houses a number of medical and dental offices. Work is under way to relocate those building tenants to other office facilities in the community.