Request to demolish old Salina hospital denied

KSN News (file)
KSN News

SALINA, Kansas (AP) – A former hospital in Salina will not be demolished anytime soon.

Salina City Commissioners on Monday denied a request by Salina Regional Health Center to demolish the former St. John’s Hospital facility.

The request was denied after a protest was filed suggesting that other uses could be found for the hospital campus.

The St. John’s campus has been vacant since 2010. The commission was told a previous plan to convert the hospital campus to affordable senior housing has been dropped.

St. John’s was started in 1914 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia and operated by the Wichita-based Sisters of St. Joseph until 1995.

The vote does not mean the hospital won’t be demolished. The health center can reapply to have the campus torn down.

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