KETTERING, Ohio — Kettering Medical Center is moving forward on plans to expand its campus. The center looks to add a multilevel parking garage, outpatient surgery center, and a proton therapy center and office building on 34 acres across from the hospital.
The cost of the project could exceed $100 million if the $80 million proton beam therapy project is approved, according to reports. KMC has left open the possibility it may locate that project either onto the medical center’s main campus or on 42 acres northeast of the I-75-Austin Boulevard Interchange. Hospital administrators approved the expansion plan in 2006. KMC submitted an application to the City of Kettering for a conditional use permit, which would clear the way for the project to proceed. If approved, construction could start on the first of the four planned buildings as early as March 2011.
The project would be paid for with some of Kettering Health Network’s $400 million in reserves and through philanthropy, KMC spokesman Kevin Lavoie said in a published report.
As a nonprofit entity, Kettering Medical Center does not pay property tax or corporate income tax, so the city’s benefit from the new project would come from new jobs and the income taxes those individuals would pay.