Commissioners pass letter of understanding for new MGH

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission is holding a special meeting right now about a new home for Marquette General Hospital.

They just passed a letter of understanding with Duke LifePoint to keep the new MGH facility within the city.  The letter of understanding would place the new hospital on the city’s former Roundhouse property and the land currently occupied by the city’s Municipal Service Center building.  The combined property is 37 acres of land south of Washington Street, west of Seventh Street and North of U.S. 41.

Duke LifePoint is looking to buy the land from the city for $4 million and break ground in 2015 with completion in 2017.

The commission instructed City Manager Bill Vajda and other city staff to continue negotiating a purchase agreement.

ABC 10’s Mike Hoey is attending the special meeting and he’ll have more about it later tonight.