By Katie Dahlstrom
The city of Clinton might sell a piece of Liberty Square for $1 to a Quad-City based health care clinic.
Community Health Care, Inc. has been working with the city to secure a location for a Clinton clinic for a number of years. The company serves more than 36,000 residents in need annually in the Quad-Cities.
“Obviously, there’s a huge need for a facility here in Clinton,” Laura Anderson told members of the city’s Internal Operations Committee on Tuesday.
Anderson spoke on behalf of the Sisters of St. Francis, who became involved with the project after the last attempt to secure a location fell through.
Last year the city considered selling the former Turner Metals property off of Third Street to CHC, but the sale was scrapped after a site investigation revealed contamination.
The latest search landed on a 5-acre plot in Liberty Square bordered by Camanche Avenue, Liberty Avenue, South Fifth Street and South 12th Street.
CHC has $3 million in funding for construction of the facility, but does not have funding to purchase property. By law, the city cannot donate the land, resulting in the $1 sale price.
The company wants one acre out of the 5-acre parcel, but which part of the parcel hasn’t been determined. CHC chose that location because of the proximity to low-income residents, transportation and other amenities like pharmacies.
Committee member John Rowland brought up concerns about bus and emergency traffic access to the area as well as the space allotted for the operation.
The exact specifics of the facility aren’t known, but similar facilities in the Quad-Cities run from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet, with five to eight examination rooms and use 10 to 20 parking spaces. CHC officials expect the Clinton facility to serve 5,000 to 10,000 patients a year.
City Attorney Jeff Farwell explained the city would still need to do site planning work before settling on which one-acre parcel to use or beginning work on the site. The goal would be to sell the remainder of the property and would be considered throughout the site planning.
CHC officials are aware of the specific design standards for the Liberty Square area.
The committee gave unanimous support of the project, which will move forward to the next committee of the whole meeting.