ISHPEMING - Empty since the completion of the new Bell Hospital building, the structure that served as Ishpeming's hospital since the early 1900s now has the potential for new occupants.
According to Greg Toutant, CEO of the Great Lakes Recovery Centers, the addiction and behavioral health treatment service has been in early talks with O'Dovero Development discuss the feasibility of using the building.
"We're just really in preliminary phases," Toutant said.
The former Bell Memorial Hospital building in Ishpeming. (Journal file photo)
Currently GLRC has adult and youth residential services, as well as outpatient and a business office in Marquette, plus outpatient offices across the Upper Peninsula.
"It (the building) is attractive for us in that it would allow us to have outpatient and residential in one location," Toutant said. "We would still operate outpatient services in Marquette."
If GLRC decided to make the move to the Ishpeming building, it would bring 40-50 jobs to the area, Toutant said.
O'Dovero Development purchased the building in April 2009, and set up an agreement with Bell Hospital including a four-year monetary incentive plan to help renovate the building.
Currently, talks with O'Dovero have only been preliminary, and no timeline to move has been set up, Toutant said.
The building is also classified as an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act district, which freezes the tax value of the building for 12 years, allowing improvements to be made without property tax increases.