Created: Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:50:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:51:24 EST
After hemorrhaging thousands of jobs during the past 18 months, Milledgeville and Baldwin County hope to turn things around with a land sale at Central State Hospital announced Friday.
The fences still stand at the Bostick building at Central State Hospital, but not for long as the old prison is set for demolition in by the beginning of Summer.
"One good win always results in other wins," said Central State Hospital Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Micheal couch.
In a press conference Friday, Couch announced the first sale of the campus's more than 200 buildings and approximately 2,150 acres of public land.
"We only need one good thing to happen and hopefully this is that one good thing," Couch said.
The building and 16 acres of land were sold to Atlanta based, Correcthealth LLP for $50,000. The company plans to build a 180 bed health care facility that will serve parolees coming out of Georgia's jails and prisons.
The geriatric care facility is valued at more than $20 million and brings with it more than 200 jobs.
"Those are the types of things that mark a recovery, and that's what we hope symbolizes today, and there are better things to come," said Milledgeville Mayor Richard Bentley.
Bentley says he hopes the purchase has a snowball effect as community leaders work to privatize the defunct campus, creating jobs and property tax revenue.
Couch says things are looking up as two new pieces of legislation are looking to clear the General Assembly that would make future transactions more available and streamlined.
"When you look at what the state has done in maintaining utility delivery systems, water, gas, steam for heat, and power, Georgia Power is still updating the campus so that's a built in advantage to the property, then just the aesthetic value of it, it's a gorgeous old piece of property, the history the contexts, and the buildings, we've got every function building you can have, almost in a small city right here on this campus," Couch said.
Couch says crews plan to break ground on the new facility by late by late Spring with the ambitious goal of having the facility up and running by the end of 2015.