Commissioners in New Hanover County on Monday unanimously approved New Hanover Regional Medical Center's offer to purchase the New Hanover County Health Department property for $19 million. The property at 2029 S 17th Street sits adjacent to the hospital’s campus and will be used for future parking needs.
According to county commissioner Skip Watkins, the county plans to take the $19 million and put it toward construction of a new building to house the Health Department and Department of Social Services.
The plans call for that new facility to be built on the current DSS property at 1650 Greenfield Street, which is near the Health Department. Watkins said an additional $1-$2 million would be added to complete the project.
“We don’t expect any job losses, and we expect a higher quality delivery of service between both departments,” said Watkins. “This will streamline the services for citizens needing the services of either or both of those departments.”
Commissioner Woody White says the move will save citizens between $3-$4 million in the fiscal year 2018-19.
“Makes sense from [the] financial side and policy, in that it puts both in (the) same location,” White said.
Officials will now issue a request for proposal to select a design team for the new facility.
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