Salina health center sues city over demolition

SALINA, Kansas (AP) – Salina Regional Health Center is suing the city of Salina in a dispute over whether to demolish a closed hospital and other buildings.

The hospital filed the lawsuit Wednesday, saying the city is violating its property rights by denying a demolition permit for the former St. John’s Hospital.

The Salina City Commissioners voted in November to deny the demolition permit. Commissioners said Salina Regional officials had not tried hard enough to sell the building.

St. John’s Hospital and other structures on what is generally called the Penn Campus have been vacant since 2011. Salina Regional began trying to sell, lease or repurpose the campus in 2002 but said no developers could find a financially viable use for the campus.

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