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Demolition work starts this month on long-abandoned hospital

September 16, 2018

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.

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com

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