Lawrence City Commission approves tax breaks for Heartland Community Health Center expansion
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City leaders have approved sales and property tax breaks for a building renovation that will allow for the expansion of a nonprofit health care provider.
At its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission voted unanimously to approve an incentives request from Alcove Development/T&M Properties LLC to redevelop the property at 1312 W. Sixth St. into the new location of Heartland Community Health Center.
“This is the type of project, obviously, that I think is going to be extremely beneficial to our community, so it just makes sense that we move forward with this request,” Commissioner Lisa Larsen said.
The city approved $6.5 million in industrial revenue bonds, which will allow for a sales tax exemption on construction materials and labor, and a 10-year property tax abatement on the additional property value added by the redevelopment.
The clinic is currently operating out of a 12,000-square-foot building at 346 Maine St., and Heartland CEO Robyn Coventon said that building is at capacity. Heartland has historically played a big role in providing health care to uninsured and low-income residents, and the move to a larger space is expected to give Heartland more room to provide services for both uninsured and insured patients.
“It is a community development project,” Coventon said. “We have an impact.”