The City of Dayton will invest $400,000 to begin development of a YMCA of Greater Dayton health and wellness facility at the former Good Samaritan Hospital site. The funding to help build a key part of the Northwest Health & Wellness Campus, a $17.5 million development located at 2222 Philadelphia Dr., will be provided through the Dayton Recovery Plan.
The full-service YMCA will complement other health and community organizations with planned operations at the site. As the first build at the former hospital site, it will bring important services and desired amenities to Northwest Dayton.
The Dayton Recovery Plan investment supports community-driven projects by partners and community groups offering programs and services serving areas hardest hit by the COVID pandemic.
“We are very happy to support the Northwest Health & Wellness campus,” said Dayton Mayor Jeffrey J. Mims, Jr. “This investment will leverage public and private investments that will lead to valuable resources for area residents, as well as services addressing economic disparities, such as job training, homebuyer education, and financial literacy. All of these became even more needed during the COVID pandemic.”
The YMCA of Greater Dayton Foundation, LLC, will utilize this funding to purchase mechanical, electrical and design services, infrastructure and materials costs, and other pre-construction services to support construction.
The YMCA will occupy the 50,000-sq.-ft. Northwest Health & Wellness Campus with partners Premier Health, Wright State University, County Corp, CareSource, and Goodwill. The Northwest Health & Wellness Campus will occupy approximately five acres of the former hospital site; an additional eight acres are under consideration for potential redevelopment.
“We have been supporting the development of the Good Sam site for many years,” said City Manager Shelley Dickstein. “This investment will help drive economic vitality, create jobs and leverage other investments in the area to promote healthy living. It will also catalyze additional positive activity in Northwest Dayton. We are proud to lend our support to this important project.”
For more than 15 years, the City of Dayton, Premier Health, CityWide Development and others worked together in the neighborhoods surrounding Good Samaritan Hospital in Northwest Dayton. The work, known as the Phoenix Project, included investments of more than $20 million that leveraged an additional $45 million in healthcare, education, housing, infrastructure improvements and new amenities.
After the closing of Good Samaritan Hospital, a new initiative managed by CityWide Development called PhoenixNext was conducted from early 2018 through early 2019 to create a vision for re-use of the 13-acre former hospital site and investment in the Phoenix Project area neighborhoods.