Here’s how Dayton Children’s will pay for $28M center

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Here’s how Dayton Children’s will pay for $28M center

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Dayton Children’s Hospital wants to build a community health center next to its main campus, pictured in the rendering. CONTRIBUTED

Dayton Children’s Hospital wants to pay for a planned $28 million community health center with a mix of private donations, tax credits, its own resources, and — it hopes — some federal funding.

The independent pediatrics hospital is proposing to build a new 50,000-square-foot medical facility by its main campus, to be called the Center for Community Health and Advocacy.

The hospital is seeking $492,000 for the project and is asking the Dayton Development Coalition to lobby in D.C. on its behalf for the funds.

The proposal is among dozens of local requesters that want the DDC to lobby for their projects during its annual trip to D.C. this spring.

The coalition’s Priority Development and Advocacy Committee released the list of applying projects Tuesday that it will sort through to make a prioritized list of what to ask.

Some of the services that will be at Dayton Children’s new center will be primary care for low income children and children in foster care, behavioral health, dentistry, labs, x-ray, nutritional help, weight management and a food pharmacy.

The food pharmacy would address hunger and include a demonstration kitchen to teach healthy cooking.

The two-story medical center will house community health programs that will move under the center’s umbrella like the hospital’s Dayton Asthma Alliance, the Center for Child Health and Wellness and the advocacy efforts to stop child abuse through CARE House.

Dayton Children’s said in its request to the Dayton Development Coalition that if the program is successful a satellite location in west Dayton would be considered as a next step.

For pay for the project, Dayton Children’s said its seeking New Market Tax Credits in partnership with City Wide Development and PNC Bank, which it expects will generate between $3 million and $4 million.

According to its proposal to the DDC, the hospital has $4.5 million in private donations to date and is seeking an additional $1 million.

The remainder of the project will be funded through Dayton Children’s resources.

The construction project will require an estimated 175 to 200 workers on the site over the 12 months of construction with a $5 to 6 million in salaries for those workers.

Dayton Children’s is planning to add between 10 and 15 full-time equivalent staff at the center.

The city just approved rezoning the former Dayton Electroplate site at the corner of Stanley Avenue and Valley Street to make way for the center, to be constructed by Beavercreek-based Synergy & Mills Development.

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