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Healthy New Albany solicits programming ideas for its new 'Core' health center

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Healthy New Albany officials say they received plenty of feedback about a new community health center from more than 40 people who attended the organization's information session Nov. 20 at the Plain Township Fire Station.

The two-story, 52,000-square-foot facility is under construction at the southwest corner of Village Hall and Johnstown roads by the city of New Albany and the Daimler Group.

It will be called the Core, the New Albany Center for Community Health, and will include 5,000 square feet of space with community rooms and a demonstration kitchen that will be leased by Healthy New Albany, said Kristen Ferguson, marketing director for Healthy New Albany.

Ferguson said the audience requested programs for children and senior citizens and would like Healthy New Albany to provide nutritional book clubs and sports information.

"There was a whole plethora of ideas, which is exactly what we wanted," Ferguson said.

She said Healthy New Albany hopes to initiate programming that will excite people and keep the community involved.

"It was so positive," Ferguson said. "There's a broad general interest that so many people have in and around our community about the New Albany Center for Community Health."

Ferguson said the building is expected to be completed by the fall of 2014 and open shortly after.

Ferguson said Healthy New Albany has a committee studying programming for the building. It includes the organization's founder Phil Heit; Healthy New Albany's executive director Tracy Ingra; and representatives of the other Healthy New Albany initiatives: the New Albany Walking Classic, New Albany Farmers Market and New Albany Community Garden.

More information will be posted on the Healthy New Albany website -- healthynewalbany.org -- after January when the site's redesign is complete, Ferguson said.

The rest of the first floor of the Core will house a fitness facility operated by Integrated Wellness Partners through a partnership with the Ohio State University and a three-lane therapeutic pool.

The second floor will include medical services provided by Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The building is expected to cost $12.25 million, with Ohio State contributing $500,000 and the city providing $1.5 million, city officials have said.

The city has issued two separate bond debts for the project: $7.6 million in notes for the nonprofit portion of the building and $4.15 million in notes for Integrated Wellness Partners' portion of the building. The total debt issued is $11.75 million, which will be reduced by the city's $1.5 million contribution, according to City Manager Joseph Stefanov.

The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital will lease space in the building.

Lease payments and revenues from a tax-increment financing district in the village center are expected to pay off the debt, city officials have said.

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