The Union Recorder

Homepage

June 18, 2014

Experts suggest new CSH entrance, action plan

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Central State Hospital (CSH) campus received an experienced, outside the box look by the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) professional association last week.

A five-person team of real estate experts delivered ideas and plans for action to empower the Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority (CSHLRA) mission.

CRE group leader Howard C. Gelbtuch, principal of Greenwich Realty Advisors, New York City said the task was discovering the highest and best use.

The CRE team interviewed a variety of state and local stakeholders, assessed market data, and conducted an on-site assessment of the property.

Instead of simply profit, Gelbtuch said the real estate experts focused on job creation.

By the end of 2015, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, which has historically operated on the property, will only operate in nine buildings covering 65 acres. Currently, the property as a whole includes more than 200 buildings and 2,150 acres.

Time is the enemy to all real estate deals, according to Skip Preble.

In the near-term, the CSHLRA should market buildings with the highest architectural and historical significance that have a good chance of being leased immediately. Demolition is the best realistic move for the others.

“Realize there is a limited window to have this done at the state's expense,” Preble said Friday. “Moral obligations tend to go away pretty quickly in the political arena.”

Preble urged the CSHLRA to utilize the three-mile distance between CSH and the soon-to-be completed Fall Line Freeway as a re-focused entrance.

He called the 550-acre area east of Vinson Highway fronting the Oconee River an “unpolished gem” the CSHLRA should leverage.

“It has three-plus mileage of river frontage. It's a real gem here,” Preble said.

The CRA pro suggested clearing off functionally obsolete single family housing in that area, pursuing connectivity with the Oconee River Greenway and maximizing zoning flexibility. A clear line of sight from Vinson to the river would change the CSH campus also.

CRE team member Walter Clements said the hospitality and entertainment industries remained untapped.

Building demo would open up the CSH Pecan Grove as a major concert venue.

“If you have an event with 100 people, it equals almost $100,000 ripple effect in hotel rooms, food and other things people are buying. It's amazing what happens outside of just ticket sales,” Clements said. “That should be aggressively promoted more than it is.”

Clements envisioned a modest conference center targeting second- and third-tier corporate retreats on state land adjacent to the Oconee River.

While the business seminars go on, families could enjoy countless recreational activities.

“What a goldmine of an idea we think for a community like this,” Clements said. “There is a lack of banquet rooms in the community. This could also fill that void.”

The CRE team said the old hospital could piggyback onto the recent City of Milledgeville Bicycle Friendly Designation with a national conference and competitions.

CRE professional Jerry Turner touted a 90-day action plan for progress.

Turner said CSH might need incentives to grab tenants.

Making the campus a tax-free zone was one CRE point.

“Go up to the state and get as much as you can because you have to compete,” Turner said. “Tap into every government marketing vehicle you can.”

Job growth goals should tie to future land use plans. Turner named demolition funding as a major priority.

Over the following 30 to 60 days, CRE will produce the CSHLRA a detailed strategic and tactical action plan.  

Turner urged the redevelopment authority not to wait.

“Time kills all deals,” he said Friday.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
web break-1.jpg

Features
SRC 5.jpg

The Teen Club, as part of the Twin Lakes Library System's Summer Reading Club, and Reference Supervisor Dabney Kinser do candy science experiments to finish up the science themed reading club experience.

Business
07-25 Chatter.JPG

Chatter Boutique owner Amber Patitucci shows off a new shipment of jewelry. The former educator turned businesswoman is celebrating one year of business. To commemorate the event, the store is featuring a birthday bash sale with items at half price.

Local Sports
Editorials
Columns
Letters
Local Weather Radar
Poll
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Broken Water Main Floods UCLA "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH)