Delaware County General Health District Moving

Delaware County General Health District announces that it has purchased land in southern Delaware to build a new facility.

“As Delaware County continues to increase in population, we too have had to grow in order to provide important public health services to our communities. As much as we have loved being located in downtown Delaware, we have simply outgrown our current location.”

Health Commissioner Shelia Hissleson
Image from Delaware County Auditor’s web site showcases the three parcels of land that were purchased by the Delaware County General Health District for its new facilities.

The new location on South Sandusky Street is the former Leroy Jenkins building and land. The new building will be 30,000 square feet with more than 200 parking spaces. They are expected to break ground in 2020.

There will be a public hearing on the project on June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Terra Nova Community Church at 425 South Sandusky Street.

With several years before the building will be complete, it is going to be interesting to see the effect this has on the downtown real-estate market. The Health District has one of the largest footprints downtown. They will vacate three or four additional first-floor store fronts along West Winter to go with two complete stories of office space on the upper levels.

However, with occupancy on first-floor at nearly 100% it is hard to believe those units won’t be spoken for before the paint is even dry on the new facility. There has been a struggle to fill second-floor office space across the street — above Coffeeology, Jimmy Johns and the like — that this could exasperate with a large amount of downtown office space suddenly coming available.

Granted, I’m assuming they’ll leave it as office. Which it is very possible that it could be converted to mixed-use with residential on the upper levels and retail on the first floor. Very similar to what is being seen in several of the other downtown storefronts.

Only time will tell.