NHRMC, County finalize purchase of Health Department property

New Hanover County Health Department (Photo: Hunter Ingram/StarNews)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover Regional Medical Center and New Hanover County have finished an agreement for NHRMC to purchase the county’s Health Department property.

The property is located at 2029 South 17th Street for $19,350,000.

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“The money from the sale will be used to fund the county’s construction of a new health and human services building,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “By bringing the Health Department and the Department of Social Services under one roof, there will be improved efficiencies, greater collaboration, and an enhanced customer experience.”

The new health and human services facility will be constructed where the Department of Social Services (DSS) parking lot is currently located, at 1650 Greenfield Street. During construction, the county will lease the Health Department property from NHRMC for $1 per year until the new facility is completed. The Health Department’s services will not be affected during this time.

The new facility will be complete by the beginning of 2020. At that time, DSS and Health Department services will move into the new building and the lease with NHRMC will end.