$30M pledged over 10 years toward Good Sam area development

The next steps for the Good Samaritan Hospital site and surrounding neighborhood will be led by a nonprofit development corporation called Phoenix Next Dayton and funded with $30 million from the city and Premier Health.

Premier Health, which operated the hospital before closing it in 2018, is presenting the vision and investment strategy for the site and surrounding area at a press conference today held jointly with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

Over a 10-year period, Premier Health will provide $15 million for Phoenix board-approved activities that will be matched by $15 million from the city of Dayton through traditional public fund sources. 
In addition to this $30 million commitment, the partners will work to use this money to bring in state, federal and private philanthropy dollars to redevelopment efforts.

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In January, Premier Health and CityWide Development shared an outline to guide redevelopment at the property. 

The 13-acre hospital campus at the intersection of Salem Avenue and Philadelphia Drive is still under demolition. 
The hospital employed 1,600 at the main campus when the closing was announced January 2018. The news at the time was met with shock and criticism by many residents and community leaders, as well as a pending civil rights suit. 
Premier Health officials plan to tear down the hospital campus with the exception of the parking garage and Five Rivers Health Centers, which will continue to operate on site. 
“The success of Northwest Dayton is key to the health of our region,” Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health said. “Our health system takes its responsibility as a corporate citizen seriously, and we’re dedicated to doing our part to attract significant reinvestment and energy to the neighborhoods surrounding the former Good Samaritan Hospital campus.”

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As part of that commitment, Premier Health will in addition cover expenses associated with preparing the former Good Samaritan Hospital site for redevelopment.
"The redevelopment of the former Good Samaritan Hospital is a critical project for the City of Dayton, and the Phoenix Next Vision Document will lay the groundwork for this work," said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. "The City of Dayton and Premier Health are committed to working in partnership over the next ten years to ensure that this vision becomes a reality. I am so pleased that Premier has committed additional resources toward the ongoing stability of the Salem Avenue Corridor and to the execution of this vision." 
Also Monday, Premier and the city of Dayton released a "Re-use and Investment Vision" for the area immediately surrounding the former Good Samaritan Hospital campus. The vision focuses on two areas: promoting health and wellness, and advancing next-generation learning. The vision document can be read on the Phoenix Next website.

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The general goals of the outline were to support health and wellness and next generational learning, with a detailed outline of the strategy on daytonphoenixproject.org
As part of the redevelopment effort, a new nonprofit organization, Phoenix Next Dayton, will form to guide the redevelopment effort. A new board will be seated in January 2020.

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