Milford Memorial Hospital property rezoned for wellness village

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The planned Milford Wellness Village has cleared its final governmental hurdle.

The Milford City Council has approved zoning that will allow Nationwide Healthcare Services to operate not only a nursing and rehab center as previously announced but also lease space to an assortment of businesses.

The land, which became available when Bayhealth Medical Center decided to move to a new location, had been zoned only as a hospital.

After the rezoning, the land can be used for purposes other than a hospital. Potential tenants of the wellness village include medical offices, a pharmacy, child daycare, public meeting space and educational training, especially for nursing.

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“We’re creating a place for the betterment of healthcare in Milford,” said Nationwide CEO Meir Gelley. “We are very grateful to have this zoning process completed and are also thankful for all the support the citizens and leaders of this wonderful town have shown us.”

The zoning approval covers approximately 22 acres. The wellness village will be located on 12 acres of that ground. A working group of 12 Milford residents has met with Nationwide officials, and will advise to help determine the best usage for the remaining 10 acres once Nationwide is ready to develop that portion of the property.

The land currently around the property had been zoned for various uses by parcel. This approval consolidates all the zoning into one broad, flexible use, a release stated.

Nationwide can now move forward with signing agreements with tenants. The company has been in talks with interested parties.

“Now that the regulatory items are behind us we see the fruits of our labor coming to realization,” Gelley said. “We’re looking forward to moving to the next level and seeing the plan all come together for the benefit of this community.”

Nationwide, based in New Jersey, also owns a Regal Heights, a healthcare and rehab center in Hockessin.

For more information about the proposed wellness village, please seewww.milfordwellnessvillage.com.

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