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Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 12:31 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 5:48 PM
MIDDLETOWN — A piece of prime real estate in Middletown has been purchased by Kettering Health Network, which operates eight hospitals throughout the region, including Fort Hamilton Hospital.
Kettering Health Network has purchased 15.5 acres at the site of the former Reyton Inn, which overlooks the Interstate 75/Ohio 122 interchange.
Kettering Health Network officials told the Journal-News that it plans to provide healthcare services at the site but is still finalizing plans.
The purchase is just the latest example of growing hospital services between Cincinnati and Dayton, where systems from both markets are competing to give residents more choices for care and the latest in medical technology.
The land is less than one mile from Premier Health’s Atrium Medical Center and about six miles from an emergency facility that Kettering Health opened in Franklin in 2015.
Middletown City Manager Doug Adkins said city staff has not had any direct discussions with Kettering Health Network about the scope of the project or its timing.
“Our understanding is that more information will be forthcoming and, of course, we will work with Kettering Health Network to navigate any city processes in zoning or building to move the project forward on their timetable,” he told the Journal-News.
The former hotel, which closed about three years ago, has been demolished and crews have been clearing the site to prepare for new construction over the past several weeks.
The closing of the hotel came at a time when the city was investing hundreds of thousands of dollard on gateway improvements at the intersection of I-75 and Ohio 122, often called the “doorstep” to Middletown.
According to the Warren County Auditor’s Office, the property owner was listed as Middletown Property and was purchased on Aug. 11, 2016, for $3.7 million.
Kettering Health Network operates eight hospitals, 10 emergency departments, and 120 outpatient facilities throughout southwest Ohio.