BELHAVEN, N.C. (AP) - Work has begun to tear down a shuttered hospital in Belhaven after a judge ruled against groups trying to find a way to reopen it.
A judge’s ruling Wednesday cleared the way for demolition to begin, according to lawyers for those trying to save the Pungo District Hospital building. The judge denied a request for a preliminary injunction to prevent demolition, saying the building was in disrepair and a potential hazard after being closed since 2014.
One of the lawyers, Geeta Kapur, said in an email wrecking crews began tearing down the building later Wednesday.
Vidant Health took over the hospital in 2011, but announced in 2013 it would close because it wasn’t financially viable.
Groups including the mayor have tried to buy the building and reopen a health facility there.
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