FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 22, 2014
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GOVERNOR SCOTT AND FLORIDA CABINET APPROVE LAND TRANSFER FOR ALL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL RESEARCH FACILITY
~Construction of 300,000 square foot facility for research, training will create 400 jobs~
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott and the
Florida Cabinet today approved a 2-acre transfer of land from the state to the
University of South Florida and All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. This
land transfer will enable the hospital to construct a 300,000 square-foot
facility, generating 400 jobs and creating a research, training and educational
center to better care for pediatric patients.
Governor Rick Scott said, “The transfer of the two acres
of land to the University of South Florida and All Children’s Hospital is great
news for Florida families. As a father and grandfather, I know how important it
is to meet the health care needs of our children. We are happy to support All
Children's Hospital for the work they do to care for our youngest patients.
This land transfer will enable the hospital to create jobs, conduct research
and better serve their patients.”
The Hospital reports that construction of the new
facility will provide an economic boost to the local economy because the
cost of construction will be between $65-$85 million and generate approximately
400 design and construction jobs. Once complete, the hospital plans to hire
approximately 15 new research staff and six faculty positions with an average
annual salary between $90,000 and $150,000. The facility is expected to house
40 research professionals including doctorate and post doctorate positions.
The new facility will be constructed on two vacant lots
and used for a medical education and research center associated with the
University of South Florida and the hospital. The facility will
continue the public-private collaboration between the University of South
Florida and the hospital to allow for joint research to combat childhood
diseases and develop specific treatments with a focus on pediatric brain
health, neuroscience, early brain development, memory and behavioral health.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary
Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for DEP's
Division of State Lands to transfer land that will do so much good for Florida
families. I appreciate Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet's willingness to
use state-owned land in order to fulfill the scientific and medical research
necessary to help our children.”
President Judy Genshaft said, “We appreciate all the support that
Governor Scott, the members of the Florida Cabinet, Speaker Will Weatherford
and the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation have provided for this project.
Thanks to their efforts, the strong partnership that exists today between USF
and All Children's Hospital will continue to grow and together we will discover
better and more effective treatments and cures for childhood illnesses in these
state-of-the-art research facilities."
Florida Cabinet voted unanimously to approve the transfer of three parcels of
land, totaling 2.02 acres, to the University of South Florida with a deadline
to transfer ownership to the hospital by June 30, 2014. Under the terms of the
transfer, construction must commence within 10 years of the date of the deed
between the university and hospital.