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Public invited to Saint Joseph planning sessions this week

Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet will host a series of meetings this week aimed at community redevelopment.
Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet will host a series of meetings this week aimed at community redevelopment.

Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet will hold two open houses inviting the public to take part in planning sessions for the hospital and surrounding neighborhood.

The strategy sessions are aimed at making use of a tax increment financing district put in place by the city to encourage redevelopment in the area around the hospital.

Amita has organized two days of discussions with local business people, doctors, senior citizens, teenagers, nonprofit groups and others considered stakeholders in the future of the hospital neighborhood.

But the general public is invited to attend the two open houses on Monday and Thursday. Both will be at the Wallin Conference Center at the hospital.

Those who come to the open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday will be invited to contribute their thoughts, said Shannon Jermal, regional director of community health integration for the hospital.

“We will be doing a little survey at the event – an exercise for people who attend,” Jermal said.

The Thursday open house, which will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m., will summarize findings from the two days of meetings with stakeholders.

“We’ll try to extract some common things heard over and over again,” Jermal said. “Eventually, we’ll have a final report.”

Joliet in 2017 created the TIF district, which creates property tax incentives for construction and renovations as well as creates funds for economic development.

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