DANVILLE, Virginia- The Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority (DRHA) has purchased the historic Winslow Hospital. Situated in the Almagro neighborhood, which has its own rich history, the Winslow Hospital was once the medical center for Danville’s Black citizens. The hospital had been vacant for many years before DRHA’s interest in the property. DRHA initially sought to purchase the property in 2021, but the offer was declined. In December 2022, the former owner of the property approached DRHA about purchasing the property because of their commitment to the community and advocacy for growth. DRHA officially closed on the property on March 3, 2023.
Currently, no official plans have been made for the hospital’s development. CEO/ ED Larissa Deedrich states, “A feasibility study and funding for development must take place and, of course, having a conversation with the community about what they would like to see the building become.” DRHA hopes to honor what the neighborhood was while realizing what it could be and asking that the community understand that any development plans DRHA may make must still comply with federal, state, and local housing regulations.
Recognizing that people are anxiously awaiting to see what will happen next with the property, DRHA will hold a Community Forum with dinner on Wednesday, April 26, 2023. The forum will be held at the Boys and Girls Club on Foster Street, starting at 6:00 pm. DRHA’s Marketing and Community Engagement Director Vera Vaden remarked, “We are excited to be able to hear directly from the community, give some of our thoughts on the next steps, and hopefully clear up some of the anxiety around the purchase of Winslow Hospital.” DRHA is adamant about being a good partner and neighbor of the Almagro community.