MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia - The Central State Hospital Redevelopment Authority has taken a big step.
The authority is starting to revitalize the empty Milledgeville hospital.
The first piece of land from the former Central State Hospital has been sold for redevelopment.
A company from Atlanta called CorrectHealth LLP bought the land.
The company provides healthcare service for correctional facilities across the southeast.
This is the first site that a private company will own.
CorrectHealth plans to demolish the current building on the land and build a state of the art geriatric facility.
The best part? This means 200 permanent staff positions for the local economy in Milledgeville.
"(It's) very good news," said Executive Director of the Central State Hospital Redevelopment Authority. "The governor was very supportive. All the way from the governor's office down to the local elected officials. We couldn't have done it without this team."
The facility will be worth about $20 million.
Milledgeville Mayor Richard Bentley said Milledgeville welcomes CorrectHealth and is looking forward to the economic benefits it brings.
This is a relatively small sale when you realize the entire Hospital was more than 2,000 acres big, but the effect on the economy in Milledgeville will be huge going into the future.