Demolition work starts this month on long-abandoned hospital
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Work is supposed to start this month on demolishing an abandoned hospital.
The Vicksburg Post reports a Jackson company is supposed to remove asbestos and tear down the two buildings of the former Kuhn Hospital within six months.
Vicksburg is paying M&M Services $750,000 for the work, with $460,000 coming from state grants and the city paying the rest.
Mayor George Flaggs says he wants a brick as a souvenir of the city’s long struggle to clear the property.
Kuhn started as a city hospital and became a state charity hospital in 1956. Mississippi closed its three charity hospitals in 1989.
Owners abandoned the property and Vicksburg officials sought cleanup for more than a decade. An abducted woman’s murder on the property in 2015 brought new urgency to efforts.
Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com