Public Forum on Repurposing Current UPHS - Marquette Campus Slated for May 2nd
April 20, 2016
MARQUETTE – Repurposing the current UP Health System - Marquette campus facilities will be the topic of a public forum slated at the hospital May 2.
The public forum is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the UPHS - Marquette Conference Center, located on the 3rd floor of the hospital’s College Ave. East Entrance.
“We are seeking public input as early as possible in the overall new hospital construction process,” explained UP Health System Regional President Jim Bogan. “A major component in building our new hospital campus is ensuring the current campus’s potential for repurpose is a high priority.”
Bogan stressed that no plan has been developed for repurposing the existing campus.
“We’ve been approached unofficially with many anecdotal type ideas, and although we are still in the early stages of the construction phase of our new campus, it is time to accumulate public input and ideas on repurposing our existing facilities on College Avenue and Magnetic Street in Marquette.”
The current hospital campus consists of several buildings, with construction dates ranging from 1915 to 2006. The new $300+ million hospital and medical office building facilities are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2018. Groundbreaking is expected in late May of this year.
Bogan explained, “Our goal is to work in conjunction with the community and city to ensure an acceptable solution for repurposing the existing hospital and related campus property.”
Duke LifePoint representatives recently initiated discussion of the repurposing aspect of the hospital project with the Marquette City Commission and pledged to seek community input as soon as possible. The May 2 public forum will be the first official solicitation for public input. Some of the questions DLP officials raised with the city commission included:
- Which properties or buildings will be retained for hospital use, and which will be repurposed?
- What are the best processes for involving and obtaining input from the community/city?
- What are the best processes for communication to the community/city?
- How can the existing buildings enhance additional health care services, or be utilized to the benefit the community?
- Should the existing campus continue to be utilized for healthcare services?
- With construction of the new facility expected to take 26 to 30 months, what is the expectation for sale of the existing facility?
- Would it be beneficial to sell the existing facility in parts or together?
- Does taxable status matter in determining repurposing the existing facility?
Bogan said that the hospital is hoping for a robust turnout at the first community forum on May 2. He said that although no decisions have been made and it is still very early in the process, UP Health System-Marquette wants to assure the public that repurposing the existing facility is a high priority.
He said, “We need public input now, early in the process, so we can make timely decisions that truly reflect the city and community’s expectation that our current campus will remain a strong asset to the city of Marquette’s future.”
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