Construction on Lee Co. hospital to start in June

Lee Co. Hospital update

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Lee County officials moved one step closer to starting construction on the community’s new hospital, and the start is expected sooner than they previously announced.

They hope to start construction in June.

The 40 page document had some adjustments made it to after county officials started moving forward with partners and contents being added to the agreement.

One change in particular was that the company building the hospital wanted more land than in the original agreement.

County Attorney Jimmy Skipper said in Tuesday night’s commission meeting that overall it’s moving at a good pace.

“The plans are the same as what you all approved two years ago, or a year and a half ago. As I said we just made the changes necessary to fill in the blanks and put some meat on the bones,” said Skipper.

Jimmy Skipper. (Source: WALB)
Jimmy Skipper. (Source: WALB)

Skipper passed around an updated schedule to commissioners at the meeting.

The list included what's left to complete for the hospital including infrastructure and legal matters.

Commissioner Rick Muggridge also gave insight on what’s happening behind the scenes.

“There is still a bond to be funded. It will be funded by a private investment. It’s got to be issued, it’s got to be written, all those things except those lawyers doing more stuff,” said Muggridge.

The commissioner said they still have to design the road and hospital, as well as getting together contracts, and building the service road for crews to start building.

Rick Muggridge. (Source: WALB)
Rick Muggridge. (Source: WALB)

We are told construction will start this year instead of next year.

They want to break ground in June and hope to make more public announcements on the hospital soon.

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