City receives federal grant to prepare for new Florence Hospital

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FLORENCE, Ala. - Infrastructure to the planned hospital development in east Florence must be upgraded by the city before construction can begin.

RegionalCare Hospital Partners plan to break ground on the 29-acre plot of land in early December. But first, the Florence Utility Department must upgrade sewer and water lines in the area to accommodate an increase in demand.

To help off-set the costs, the city applied for grants to help with the work. This week, they were awarded $632,000 through the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The funds will cover about half the cost of the needed infrastructure upgrades. RegionalCare will be responsible for reimbursing the city for the remaining costs for improvements.

Electrical service will also be a big part of this project.

“We will have a sub-station exclusively for the hospital. That’s just things we’ve got to do. We got to get the water and sewer connections for that size operation,” stated Florence spokesman Phil Stevenson.

RegionalCare will also be billed for that work.

Work on the infrastructure upgrades will begin in September. Plans and renderings have been submitted to the Florence Planning Commission for approval and will likely be discussed in their August 25th meeting.

Last week, the Florence City Council approved a rezoning plan to push the project forward.

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