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Demolition of long-abandoned Mississippi hospital begins

February 7, 2019

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Officials say demolition of an abandoned Mississippi hospital has begun.

News outlets report a small crowd of Vicksburg city officials and residents gathered for a ceremony Wednesday to watch heavy equipment start tearing down walls of the former Kuhn Hospital.

The hospital operated for more than a century until Mississippi closed its three state charity hospitals in 1989. Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs says the closings were a mistake and limited access to affordable health care.

Owners abandoned the land and Vicksburg officials sought cleanup for more than a decade. An abducted woman’s killing on the property in 2015 brought new urgency to efforts.

Flaggs says a residential, retail and recreation facility will be built on the site’s 12.8 acres (5.2 hectares). Officials hope to have demolition finished by March 9.

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