Downtown Bluefield will have a state-of-the-art healthcare facility in 2021
Bluefield, WV – The Bluefield West Virginia Economic Development Authority (BEDA) is excited to announce the acquisition of the Hawley Building (701 Bland Street) by Bluestone Health, Inc. to open a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Downtown Bluefield, WV.
Mayor Ron Martin remarked, “Today is an important day. Access to quality healthcare is vital for the City and region and this is just another example of the progress being made to renovate Bluefield.”
Demolition has already begun at 701 Bland Street. CEO of Bluestone Health, Inc., Linda Hutchens remarks, “On behalf of the Bluestone Health Association Board of Directors, we are excited about working with the Bluefield WV Economic Development Authority Board of Directors and Jim Spencer to provide quality healthcare to not only Bluefield, WV, but the region. Our goal is to be open in Summer 2021 and providing full primary care services. Our long-term goal is to provide urgent care at this location.”
Two of the best ways to attract more people to a downtown is to create jobs and have a healthcare provider. The City of Bluefield now has both and expects more great things in the future.
BEDA Chairman Bill Cole stated, “BEDA was created for the Intuit Project and other economic development efforts and the progress made since our first meeting in July 2019, is phenomenal. Today is another great day in Bluefield.”
BEDA would like to especially thank the Downtown Appalachia Redevelopment Initiative (DARI) at WVU for their technical support grant which provided preliminary architectural planning services for the Hawley Building. The Downtown Appalachia Redevelopment Initiative is an ARC POWER Grant funded initiative facilitated by the Natural Capital Investment Fund in partnership with the Brownfield Assistance Center at WVU.
BEDA Executive Director Jim Spencer stated, “Economic Development is a Team Sport and partnering with companies like Intuit, Alorica, and now the Bluestone Health Association makes positive things happen. BEDA’s goal is to create a new economy in Bluefield and the region.”