Huntsville Hospital to donate land for future Hartselle library
A significant donation from Huntsville Hospital has opened exciting possibilities for the City of Hartselle. Mayor Randy Garrison announced this past week the health system is donating a prime 3.5-acre parcel of land to the city for the construction of a much-anticipated library and event center. The details of the agreement are still being worked out according to a representative from Huntsville Hospital.
The donated land holds historical significance as it was formerly the home of the Hartselle Medical Center, a facility that served the community for nearly six decades before being closed in 2012 and subsequently demolished in 2021. The tax value of the parcel including the parking lot is assessed at $110,000 according to Garrison.
“We are very appreciative of this. It will make a great location close to downtown for both venues,” Garrison said.
The former Hartselle Medical Center, which was constructed in 1953, had served as a healthcare beacon for residents until its closure in 2012.
The city council is currently working on formulating plans for the library and event center. Garrison said Leonard Design, the architect that worked on the Hartselle Municipal Building has been hired for the projects.
Councilwoman Virginia Alexander echoed Garrison in appreciation of the donation that she said comes at a great time.
I’m grateful for Huntsville Hospital considering donating the former hospital property to Hartselle,” Alexander said. “(Our) library is in need of many costly repairs has outgrown the space it has. The donation comes at a wonderful time to provide space for a new library.
“Hartselle is growing and event space is very limited,” Alexander added. “Hartselle is in need of a larger size event building to be used for large gatherings. The city is hoping the event center will attract organizations to come in and have events for the public to enjoy.”
The Huntsville Hospital Health System agreed to purchase the hospital building from Capella Healthcare, based in Franklin, Tenn., for $1.5 million in January 2012, shortly after Capella had announced it would close the facility.
The 150-bed hospital at one time employed 136 people.