Last updated: January 01. 2014 8:29PM - 938 Views
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GREENVILLE - The Reid Hospital expansion in Greenville is well underway, as the city’s Planning and Zoning Department has been working with the business to facilitate construction beginning in the first quarter of 2014, weather permitting.

The new home for Bethel Cardiology is intended to allow the expansion of medical services to the community, and allow the expansion of partnerships with local physicians and Wayne HealthCare.

“What it hopes to work out to be is a shared clientele piece,” said Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers.

After Reid Hospital decided upon bringing a facility to Greenville, they procured land which was previously occupied by Wills Greenhouse. The location was chosen specifically for its close proximity to Family Health, so that the two organizations could jointly serve the residents of Darke County in one convenient location.

“For a community of our size we’re fortunate to have the medical facilities we do,” said Mayor Bowers, also referencing recent expansions at Wayne Hospital.

In conjunction with Greenville’s Planning and Zoning Department, the property was annexed as special use in order to expedite the process.

The reason?

Over the past six years the city administration has worked to dispel the perception that the City of Greenville was slow to work with interested businesses and organizations, said Mayor Bowers.

“We’re here to serve 13,000 folks in the community, including our public and businesses,” said Mayor Bowers. “It was very nice that we try to make it more expedient for them.”

The initial preliminary plan was reviewed by members of the city’s street, water, sanitary, and police and fire departments to add any necessary components in December, while the project’s final developmental plan review is slated for January’s Planning and Zoning meeting.

The project is currently planned to share a paved space between Family Health so that patients can bypass driving onto a roadway while travelling between locations.

Part of the project’s progress is due to Greenville’s recent utilization of pre-construction planning meetings before a preliminary plan is presented. These meetings are typically held between Greenville’s members of planning and zoning board, several department heads and the architectural firm charged with designing the building, in order to specify any requirements up front.

“We want to make it easier for folks to either bring their business to Greenville or grow their business in Greenville.”

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