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August 6, 2013

State property conveyance pieces finalized



The bottom line is Central State’s 200-plus buildings aren’t market-ready under the current law because nothing is deemed surplus. 

“Currently, for any of these buildings to be transferred, the DBHDD has to declare that building surplus. Once they do that, the SPC puts a value on it and figures out a way to auction it off or whatever they want to do with it,” Kidd said. “There are no guidelines as to what is declared surplus. A lot of this is to do away with some of that and define what is and isn’t surplus.” 

The dream scenario allows the CSHLRA to deal directly with the SPC, which will eliminate going back through the legislative process. The Central State legislative body would broker with the SPC for all 2,000 acres.

“We’ve got to be ready to compete as a private developer. When you’re in the private sector, time is your enemy,” Couch said. “We have to be able to close that gap. If you come with a proposal that we want to entertain, we must get you on top of the property.”

These three documents and other campus related development points such as DOC building demolition dollars and home renovations for war veterans are included in a scheduled briefing with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Oct. 9.

Couch said the CSH legislative delegation meeting with Deal will discuss where the CSHLRA needs to take state hospital property in the future. For the next two months, this state property access mechanism effort will work covering all angles.

“Let’s make sure we have something supportive from a legislative position, and then we’ll look to our statewide leadership to help lead us through the maze,” Couch said Monday. 

Kidd said the CSH delegation would see what the governor likes and wants to initiate.

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