Work is being done around the old Logan County Hospital. Trees are being trimmed to expose the front of the building that once served the community as its main medical facitlity.
The city of Russellville accepted a bid from an out-of-town investor on the purchase of the old hospital property in March of this year. At this time the name of the invester is not being released by the city until full payment is made, which is expected in the near future.
Plans for what this investor has in mind for the property that sits on 4.462 acres off E. 4th Street in Russellville, is also undetermined at this time.
The city released bid packages in November 2014, giving up on a renovation idea brought about by a former administration. The council passed a resolution declaring the property surplus, offering to sell it to the general public by auction with sealed bids.
“We thought this bid was fair,” said Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton. “But it is in no way a done deal. We are trying to work out the details before we release all the information.”
The city, under the direction of former mayor Gene Zick, purchased the old hospital in June 2008 for $150,000 from William Forgy after a meeting with AU Associates, Inc., a developing firm out of Lexington who showed interest in converting the historic structure into apartments for those 50 and older. Unfortunately, the plan fell through for Russellville, and the city was stuck with a building it didn’t need.
After a messy clean up and an even messier law suit for a secret clean up during the Zick administration, the plan and purchase has proven to be an albatross around the necks of the current city government.
“I think at this juncture the city will be better off selling the property,” said mayor Stratton. “It is clear the plans once made by a previous administration will not happen. For the benefit of the citizens of this city we need to move on.”
Although the hospital has been abandoned for years, the structure is still very sound. Many of its windows have been broken out by vandals and inside you will find peeling paint and dislodged floor tiles, however, a costly clean up of contaminants has already been done, and there is little if any objects left behind from the county’s once busy medical facility.
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