- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Salem’s Historic Landmarks Commission has blocked Salem Hospital’s plan to demolish Howard Hall, a 1920s building that served as a dormitory at the Oregon School for the Blind.

Salem Hospital purchased the property in 2010 after it was closed by the state and wants to use the Howard Hall site as a playground and therapy garden for children with disabilities.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/1lh3sgy) the city commission decided Thursday the historic value outweighs the hospital’s plans.

A hospital spokeswoman says it will decide whether to appeal the decision to the city council.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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