The Authority is a government body, which means that if it takes ownership of the land, WellStar won’t have to go through the county’s zoning process to build its health park. The Authority would then lease the property back to WellStar.
The Hospital Authority will meet at noon today in the boardroom of WellStar’s administration building, 805 Sandy Plains Road. The meeting is open to the public.
Bob Prillaman, chairman of the authority, hasn’t decided how he’ll vote.
“You have to be open, in any meeting, particularly if you’re the chair,” Prillaman said. “These folks all are people who’ve given so much to this community one way or another, and they’ll make a good solid decision, as I hope I will.
“It is our health system. We’re not there to pass judgment,” Prillaman said. “We have no financial interest one way or another. We just vote on what we think is best for the health system and the citizens of Cobb County.”
The Authority will hear public comment from up to three speakers for the plan and three against, and each of those speakers will have five minutes.
Other members of the Kennestone Authority are Tom Phillips; Randall Bentley, Sr.; Bill Enete; Butch Thompson; Bill Hutson; Janet J. Street; Charles J. Jones and Dr. Paul Payne.
WellStar wants to build a 250,000-square-foot health park on 23 acres of land at the corner of Roswell and Providence Roads in east Cobb. The project was first announced in 2010.