EATON — A “land swap” completeled earlier this month could bring additional jobs and opportunities to the city.
Kettering Health Network and the Preble County Youth Foundation recently swapped land each organization owns at the site of the Preble County Medical Center, YMCA and Sinclair Community College on Washington-Jackson Road in Eaton.
KHN exchanged 14 acres of land it owned behind the medical center, YMCA and Sinclair for 10 acres of land owned by the PCYF situated next to the network’s Emergency Center, according to officials.
The Preble County Medical Center is accredited through Grandview Medical Center, and is a part of Kettering Health Network.
“This land swap is a win-win for the Preble County Youth Foundation and Kettering Health Network,” Bill Dues, chairman of the PCYF, said. “The land we received from the network is in a good location for the future expansion of the YMCA and the PCYF.”
“We appreciate the great partnership with the PCYF, YMCA and Sinclair Community College,” Russ Wetherell, president of Grandview Medical Center, said in a press release. “We are all focused on improving the quality of life of residents in Preble County. The parcel of land we received from the PCYF will offer us an opportunity for future expansion.”
According to Dues, the PCYF plans on working with the city and county to extend Preble Drive and utilities to thier “new” 14 acres.
“That extension will allow us to work with our partners, KHN, the YMCA, and Sinclair, along with the local economic Development Partnership to bring new medical services, recreational, and educational opportunities and jobs to the area. The improved quality of life for the children and families of Preble County is what powered this exchange and is what PCYF exists to do,” Dues explained.
KHN will use some of the land to add a permanent medical helicopter and base at the Preble County Medical Center through a partnership with MedFlight, according to officials.
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