MILLEDGEVILLE — The State Properties Commission (SPC) received three legislative documents Monday that create an adequate mechanism for repurposing Central State Hospital’s 200 vacant buildings and 2,000-hospital campus acres.
Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority (CSHLRA) Executive Director Mike Couch emailed the SPC, partner law firm Troutman Sanders and hand delivered the legislative components to state Rep. Rusty Kidd and state Sen. Burt Jones. The package features language for the 2014 State Property Omnibus Legislation, proposed changes to House Bill 495 and a new piece of legislation that would be extremely effective in the CSHLRA mission, according to Couch.
Jones said the completed property conveyance pieces return power to the knowledgeable local authority.
“It gives them the ability to negotiate and not be in the dark as to whether or not they can obtain a facility or property and allows the power to act on a potential tenant,” Jones said. “Central State Hospital has been the mainstay in the community for years and years. I think it is very important they give us leeway for helping facilitate this property.”
Currently, it takes legislation passed during a three-month session at the beginning of each year to transfer property.
“If something comes the first of April, you have to wait nine months to get conveyance. From a business perspective, that’s too long,” Kidd said.
Central State Hospital Legislative Initiative’s started as a grassroots joint City of Milledgeville and CSHLRA strategy aspiring to deliver an actionable plan allowing faster access to properties creating true privatization of stagnant hospital real estate.
The CSH initiatives work details easier real estate transactions under the termed Economic Development Conveyance for mostly Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC) owned buildings. These proposals would allow the SPC to better facilitate and increase reliability of state property conveyances outside of the General Assembly.