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CITY COUNCIL MEETING 08/31/15 (Hospital Land)

City Accepts Church Bid Price for Old HMC Land
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY
September 1, 2015

The city of Chillicothe accepted the $172,000 bid price submitted by Lifepoint Church to purchase the former Hedrick Medical Center land near Danner Park; however, because the bid submitted included additional conditions and because there were issues yet to negotiate, the council stopped short of giving approval to an ordinance authorizing the sale. The bid was discussed during the Chillicothe City Council meeting Monday evening in the council chambers at City Hall. After discussing the proposal at length, council members voted 4-0 to accept the dollar offer from Lifepoint Church and negotiate a contract to be approved later. The contract will likely address costs of environmental studies. Lifepoint's bid, which was opened on Friday, included a request to close a street and for the city to maintain mowing of the property for a period of time after the buildings are razed. Greg Miller, speaking on behalf of the church, told council members that it was the church's desire to have those things; however, the bid was not contingent upon approval of those requests. It was noted that the city would have to go through certain steps before considering whether to close a road. The road in question is a portion of 11th Street. Second Ward Councilman Wayne Cunningham said that road is used by parents of Field School students and that it would be difficult to close the road. Around 30 people representing Lifepoint Church were present during the meeting. The hospital, with the oldest building dating back to 1937, is being razed as well as several houses that were also part of the hospital campus. The property is estimated to be encompass about eight acres. City Attorney Robert Cowherd noted that the sale would not take place until after Red Rock, which is the demolition contractor, is finished with the property due to liability issues. Bids on the hospital property were opened on Friday. One other bid was received for the entire hospital property, coming from Jarod Marshal, in the amount of $73,000. Several other individuals bid on individual lots and not all lots advertised received bids.

Mayor Chuck Haney presided over Monday night's meeting. Third Ward Councilman Tom Douglas was absent.

Bids Opened for Hospital Land
By Catherine Stortz Ripley
August 28, 2015

Chillicothe City Council members will review bids submitted for the purchase of the former hospital property and surrounding properties during their regular meeting Monday evening, August 31, at City Hall. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and follows a workshop meeting at 5:30 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public. The city received several bids on the property and opened them on Friday. Just two bids were submitted for the entire property which is estimated to be around eight acres. The high bid came from Lifepoint Church, submitting a bid of $172,000, according to City Clerk Roze Frampton. Several other bids were submitted for individual lots and not all of the lots for sale received bids. The city's bid notice was published August 5, and the deadline to submit bids was 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21. The hospital outbuildings and vacant houses will all be demolished. No bids were accepted for the approximate five housing units. The properties will be available for possession after the closing and after the demolition and cleanup are completed this fall. Bidders could submit bids for all of the lots combined or for individual lots. The City Council will consider all bids, therefore the city will either award one bid for all of the lots, or individual bids for the individual lots. Discussion of the bids could take place prior during Monday night's workshop. Lots for sale: 100 Central (the main hospital site lot, 350x296) and the parking lot area, 1311 Maple, 1303 Maple, 205 11th Street, 203 11th Street, 1213 Maple, 208 11th Street, 204 11th Street, 202 11th Street. The old hospital currently is in the process of being demolished.

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