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Vicksburg residents want abandoned hospital torn down

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

An abandon hospital in Vicksburg is not wanted in a neighborhood anymore by many citizens and city leaders. Today a public hearing took place regarding the removal or renovation of Kuhn Memorial Hospital

The vacant hospital is being called an eyesore, dilapidated and even haunted by many in Vicksburg. City leaders said they are working to make some changes.  

James Ross lives across the street on Martin Luther King Blvd from the now abandon Kuhn Memorial  Hospital.

"The way I feel about it, it needs to be torn down," said Ross. "I get tired of looking at it. I have been looking at it for 13, fourteen years.” 

Built in the 1800s, city officials say it was once a booming healthcare facility for the poor.

“It remained a hospital for over a century and it was decommissioned in the 1960s. It has been vacant ever since,” said Victor Gray-Lewis, Community Development Director.

“It is just an eyesore for the whole city,” said a resident.

Some folks also believe the place is haunted.  In fact, back in 2015, a team of ghost hunters Found the body of a woman who was killed in the area on the property.

“The setback is the state had this property at one time, said Mayor George Flaggs. "It gave it to a private developer, and the private development walked away from it, and now it is a burden upon the city, but it is up to the city to make sure properties like this don't tear up the integrity of the city.” 

Now city officials have created a 10 year urban renewal plan in hopes of doing something about the property.

“We have 10 years to look at acquiring the property, demolish what needs to be demolished and renovate what needs to be renovated if that is the plan,” said the Community Development Director.

The city will draft a resolution to move forward with the plan and present it to the board this month for approval.

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