- Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The city of Vicksburg will spend nearly $300,000 of its own money to tear down an abandoned hospital after demolition bids exceeded grants for the project.

The Vicksburg Post reports the city accepted a $750,000 bid to remove asbestos and tear down the former Kuhn Hospital.

The state gave the city $460,000 in grants to pay for the work. Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs says the city will pay the remaining amount.

Kuhn started as a city hospital and became a state charity hospital in 1956. Mississippi closed its three charity hospitals in 1989.

Owners have abandoned the property and city officials have been trying to get it cleaned up for more than a decade. An abducted woman’s murder on the property in 2015 brought new urgency to cleanup efforts.



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

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