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New Bayhealth Campus Impacting Milford's Economy

Posted: Jul 12, 2017 10:40 AM Updated:
Tuesday afternoon's "topping-out" ceremony for the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus included the symbolic lifting of the highest steel beam into place on the project site. (Photo: WBOC) Tuesday afternoon's "topping-out" ceremony for the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus included the symbolic lifting of the highest steel beam into place on the project site. (Photo: WBOC)

MILFORD, Del. - Even though the new Bayhealth hospital doesn't open until 2019, people throughout Milford say it's already benefiting the city's economy. 

 "I had the chance recently to talk to a business owner. He owns seven different locations and he's thinking about moving to Milford," says Andy Stevens with the Greater Milford Chamber of Commerce. " "This is seems to be like a place that people looking at a growth market. They want to get in. If you're going to open another, store another location on Delmarva, Milford is the place to be."

With more activity comes more people and where they want to live. Joanne Milton with Exit  Central Realty says housing prices have soared in the past year.

"The Milford hospital has created a new buzz in this area both for residential, commercial and infrastructure as well," she tells WBOC. " "But the residential prices are going up anywhere from 6-10% over last year."

One of the most popular developments is Hearthstone Manor, Milton says, walking distance to the hospital. Sales Manager Brandi Ford says they literally can't build condos fast enough.

"The first condo building in this village that we're doing right now, we have sold out completely." 
 she says. "That's 12 units gone already, and we sold four of those units in one week."

Ford says another building that has yet to be built already has sold four condos as well.

The hospital has also brought infrastructure to the rural area of Milford its being built in. Public Works Director Mark Whitfield says they've built a water tower and sewer system in the area that will make the area move-in ready for future developers. 

"We had to do quite a bit of calculations in terms of what we anticipated in the number of homes as well as the number of employees that the hospital would have and in terms of what the supply and demand was going to be in this area," Whitfield says. "We did a lot of projections in total build out...as well as the expansion possibilities not only of the hospital but the hospital campus."

Whitfield says the projects are multi-million dollar ones and it's just the beginning.

"It will be a very key project for the city of Milford moving forward."

For more on the health campus, click here. 

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