The city of Delaware’s planning commission recently approved a cancer-building addition to the Delaware Health Center.
A one-story, 7,160 square-foot oncology radiation building would be along the eastern wall of the existing 60,320 square-foot building, at the northeast corner of OhioHealth Boulevard and Glenn Parkway. OhioHealth documents said the building will house a linear accelerator, which sends a beam of high-energy X-rays to tumors for cancer radiation treatment.
“This is a very exciting project that hopefully starts some more momentum out on this OhioHealth site,” said city planning director David Efland at the meeting on March 2. “We appreciate the continued investment in that particular area.”
“The existing building will be 100 percent occupied by the end of this year,” said Chris Tumblin of the Daimler Group, the project developer. “The linear accelerator will be part of a comprehensive cancer center that will be located at this site.”
Commission members asked when a hospital would go on the 105-acre tract of land the center sits on.
“OhioHealth has invested tens of millions of dollars in Grady Memorial Hospital (on Central Avenue) because it was in need of upgrades to provide the proper amount of services,” said Todd Sloan of the Daimler Group. “They purchased this ground (the Health Center) as a long-term strategy for health care services in the region. OhioHealth continues to look at this as the site they can grow for the next 50 years. It’s an evasive answer, because they have to respond to what the primary needs are.”
The commission also approved development plans for a 77,500 square-foot building for Precision Tower Products LLC at 1600 Pittsburgh Drive, a vacant site in the city’s industrial park between South Houk and Section Line roads. The building would consist of 4,000 square feet of office space, with the rest devoted to manufacturing and a warehouse. The 9.49-acre site would also allow for a 20,000 square-foot expansion in the future.
Precision, currently located at 435 Park Avenue, builds towers for the wireless device industry.
“This is a significant investment in our community and continues to develop the industrial park, particularly along Pittsburgh Drive,” Efland said. “As a staff, we’re very comfortable with this plan proceeding.”
The meeting began with the commission approving the final development plan for Sections 6 and 7 of The Communities at Glenross, with single-family lots being built on White Fawn Run, Night Bird Lane, Course Road and Crick Stone Drive, near Cheshire Road.
The approved requests will now go before City Council for final approvals.
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