The former Bostick State Prison, closed since 2010, has an anxious and capable tenant waiting for the property deed.
Central State Hospital’s first major real estate transfer to a new industry is taking it slow, according to Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority (CSHLRA) Executive Director Mike Couch.
A corrections health care company, CorrectHealth, purchased the Bostick State Prison facility last summer for a bargain $50,000 price tag.
CorrectHealth is still waiting on the state’s thumbs up to proceed.
The State Properties Commission (SPC) completed the deed for execution on Jan. 9, according to Couch.
At that time, involved parties realized CSH has to establish a public easement in and out of the Bostick parcel.
The prison sits at the end of Lawrence Road.
“Rather than rush it, we figured it would be better right now to establish a permanent easement that fits into what the city describes as a road,” Couch said. “Otherwise, there was the potential we could have created a Bostick island back there, which wouldn’t have been fair to the CorrectHealth people.”
Surveys will be completed next week, according to Couch. The completed easement then goes to Atlanta for Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature.
“The timeline we established last week was let’s look at the next 30 days so we can have all that done. We have to do the first transaction right. It’s essential,” the CSHLRA said.
CorrectHealth will create a continuing care facility for paroled geriatric clients not currently served by Georgia prisons.
The correctional health care group could add nearly 200 jobs.
CorrectHealth currently provides health care programs to jails, prisons and youth detention centers serving more than 20 correctional facilities of local governments across the state of Georgia and the Southeast.
The entity works closely with the Georgia jail, sheriff’s and prison wardens associations, according to CorrectHealth’s website.
The Georgia Department of Corrections closed the 700-bed Bostick State Prison effective May 1, 2010 to save on DOC operational costs.
Bostick is an old 1950s dorm that was converted to a prison in 1987.
The facility was considered a “non-enduring” infrastructure because it lacks the safety features of other state prisons and requires more staff to secure. The prison housed medium security inmates, as well as those with special needs.
The CSHLRA recommended that CorrectHealth start fresh by demolishing the existing structures.
Couch is unsure where the organization’s architects plan to go when the deed is finalized.