North Broward Hospital District has resolved concerns about the fairness of a development contract for a $30 million medical office building at its Broward General Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and will go forward with the project. The project was halted last year after the FBI began examining the role of former district CFO Patricia Mahaney in the contract award and whether she had conflicts of interest. Mahaney was accused of wrongfully providing developers with details of the plan. The district board voted to resume the project after a consultant hired by the board said the contract terms were fair, new CFO Mark Knight said. The district will buy the site for $4.1 million and lease it to the project developers, local real estate investor William Murphy and Fort Lauderdale Investment Partnerships Limited. Mahaney resigned under pressure in 2002 after questions about her role arose. Earlier this summer she was indicted on allegations that she embezzled about $14,000 from the district. -- by Patrick Reilly
Fla. hospital to resume project halted by FBI probe
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