DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – After months of receiving feedback from advisory board and community members of how to redevelop the Good Samaritan hospital location, Phoenix Next organizers presented their final recommendations at the third and final public interest meeting.
Jamie Greene of Planning Next, the group heading up the effort, said promoting health and wellness and advancing next generation learning are the two guiding principals for the project.
From that, they have created two recommendations for facilities that would address employment opportunities and housing options, each targeting one category more than the other.
“There are a number of really qualified mixed-use developers in Ohio,” said Greene. “We would hope that they would see an opportunity here where they would have some of their objectives met but in doing so, it would benefit the community here in terms of additional employment opportunities, additional places to live, additional places to shop, additional places to gather.”
Tuesday night, community members had the chance to walk around Fairview PreK-6th and check out boards that detailed those possibilities.
Some options included building townhomes, office space, and preventative health services on the 13-acre spot.
Community members said health care continues to be their biggest concern after the hospital closed in July.
“It may not be Good Samaritan hospital itself, but another form of health care and the services that the facility can provide for our residents,” said one meeting attendee, Shenise Turner-Sloss.
Greene said they are planning to address that concern with a holistic approach – by investing in the surrounding neighborhoods and improving the quality of life.
“We also want to leverage Five Rivers, the clinic that is right here. We also have learned that there are a number of health and social service organizations that maybe we just need to be better coordinated, so you’ll see those recommendations here.”
Greene said by Februrary they hope to have an operations plan and will begin seeking developer interest in the spring.
The boards detailing the recommendations of the site’s future will be available to view at the Dayton Public Library’s Northwest Branch and online beginning Jan. 9.