MBC Promises High-Paying Jobs with Health Sciences Expansion
Augusta County says you can't put a price tag on the impact of a planned medical college in Fishersville. The project promises high-paying jobs, and a new wave of development.
Mary Baldwin College - for the first time in its 170 years - will make a major expansion beyond its Staunton campus. The roughly $20 million "College of Health Sciences" will prepare students for high-demand medical careers.
The location is a 30-acre tract along Goose Creek Road, within sight of Augusta Health, the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, and numerous medical offices.
Augusta County supervisors will vote Wednesday night on a half-million-dollar contribution, to help Mary Baldwin with building costs. The college is exempt from local taxes, but the incentive could pay long-term dividends.
Augusta County Supervisors Chairman Tracy Pyles said, "To give greater opportunity for our people to work in this facility, greater opportunity for our kids to go to school here; to have the opportunity to be so close to something that gives you this doctorate of physical therapy."
The health-sciences campus will be part of a larger mixed-use development. It'll include close to 200 housing units for students and faculty, and a six-acre business park.
One of the "intangibles" that helped Goose Creek Road beat out some 20 other sites is a 100-acre conservation area that borders the college property. Mary Baldwin says the green space will offer hiking and biking trails, and serve as a respite for overworked medical students.
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