City asked to donate 10th Street site for future Michael Jordan clinic


The City of Wilmington is invited to donate 2 acres of land on Fanning Street for a Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic. The city has owned the land since 1912. (Port City Daily Photo / Alexandria Sands Williams)

WILMINGTON –– Two acres of land currently overgrown with tall grass and surrounded by a chain link fence could be the future site of one of two Michael Jordan family medical clinics in the Cape Fear area.

Novant Health is asking the City of Wilmington to donate the land, located along 10th and Fanning streets. The plot adjoins colorful structures decorated with childish murals, which is home to Dreams of Wilmington, a non-profit organization providing young people with “equitable access to arts education.” To the west is Oakdale Cemetery.

In February, CBS This Morning reported that basketball superstar Michael Jordan, a native of Wilmington and a graduate of Laney High, had offered Novant Health $ 10 million to establish two new family medical clinics in the Wilmington area.

Jordan opened the doors of similar clinics last year in Charlotte. The two doctor’s offices, funded by a $ 7 million donation, now provide comprehensive primary care and mental health services to patients with little to no health care coverage.

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Wilmington city council is expected to vote on the property tax at a future meeting.

The New Hanover County Council of Commissioners is invited to donate the second site. The board is likely to confirm the transfer of 1410 S. 15th St. at its July 13th meeting.

County and city leaders appear to be supporting the donations. President Julia Olson-Boseman and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo announced the news earlier this week at a media event on 15th Street, alongside Dr Philip Brown, head of community impact for Novant Health .

The city of Wilmington has owned the subject property since 1912. It has used the land for a variety of purposes over the decades, according to a city spokesperson. More recently, it was an “operating site for the fleet and the public service”.

The entire city-owned plot covers almost 8 acres. According to the spokesperson, the city plans to subdivide it if the approximately 2 acres are offered to the clinic, keeping the other 6.

The New Hanover County potential donation site was purchased more recently. It was intended to serve as an overflow parking lot for the now completed health and human services headquarters on Greenfield Street, but county staff deemed the extra space unnecessary, according to the agenda for the next meeting.

The county places two conditions in its agreement: first, Novant would return the plot to the county if the soil has not yet been broken up within five years; second, Novant “would work to determine if a homeless day center can be co-located on the property”.

The city did not specify what stipulations its land deal might include.

“City staff are still working on the details of the contract,” spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron said, “but as of yet no conditions have been spelled out or agreed upon by the city.”

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