The taxpayer allocated funds will be designated for a $3.6 million purchase and renovation of 451 W. Chew Street, making the almost 60,000 square feet building into a medical office, housing 10 physicians and 40 support staff positions; all new jobs.
The remaining $1.2 million is to be spent on improvements to the Seton Hall building at Chew and North Streets, which is already part of Scared Heart’s campus, and will be the new home for both the home health and hospice programs.
The 17,000 square feet building is scheduled to get a new roof, updated heating and air conditioning systems, along with window replacements and exterior improvements. The hospice and home health program will employ 70 people, most likely transferred from their existing locations.
The $4.8 million is being requested from the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority, charged with distributing non-property tax dollar into designated improvement zones such as the Waterfront and Center City neighborhood–which houses the new hockey arena.
In addition to the tax dollars, the hospital is using over $20 million of its own money to develop a new electronic medical records division, centers for cardiology, neurosurgery, cancer, imaging and renovating a floor in which patients and family members can better interact with each other (private rooms like home).