Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Seeks Developer for Affordable Rental Housing Project
The purpose of the RFP is to select a developer with demonstrated experience and the capacity to develop and manage a residential development project that best addresses our workforce housing needs.D-H’s Vice President of Facilities Management Thomas Goins
The Upper Valley area has long confronted a chronic shortage of housing options. This shortage, combined with Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s (D-H) increasing employee base, has resulted in a housing deficit of nearby, affordable housing for its workforce necessitated by the flagship medical center for the state’s only academic health system, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH). D-H has announced plans for a rental housing project to serve the housing needs of local workforce and has put out a request for proposal (RFP) for qualified developers.
“The purpose of the RFP is to select a developer with demonstrated experience and the capacity to develop and manage a residential development project that best addresses our workforce housing needs,” said D-H’s Vice President of Facilities Management Thomas Goins. “The selected developer will design, permit, construct and control the development through a long-term lease with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.”
Priority goals for this housing project include:
- Providing many new, high-quality housing units for D-H staff.
- Offering a rental rate structure to provide increased affordability and below-market occupancy cost, for different segments of D-H workforce.
- Limiting the increase of vehicle trips to/from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and along Route 120 by providing housing that is nearby and can be serviced by the DHMC shuttle, thereby reducing the number of employees that need to drive to the medical center each day.
The housing project location is a greenfield site owned by D-H that has the development potential for an estimated 350-400 units. The site is located approximately half a mile to the Northeast of the main entrance of the medical center. It is equal in distance to the downtown areas of both Hanover and Lebanon, and within walking distance to retail, hospitality and employers located in the Centerra Business Park.
“D-HH has long prided itself as being an employer of choice in the Upper Valley, providing not only outstanding health care to the region, but well-paying, fulfilling career opportunities in a heavily rural area,” said Patrick F. Jordan III, MBA, Chief Operating Officer of D-HH. “In order to continue to attract and maintain the level of candidates needed to uphold our standard of care, more choice in accessible, affordable housing within a reasonable commuting distance of DHMC and other D-HH facilities is necessary. We are eager to begin this process of increasing housing options in the Lebanon-Hanover area and believe it will be a positive for our health care system, our employees, and the community at large.”
About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named again in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock also includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; affiliated member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.