Renovators look to turn Salina hospital into apartments

KSN News (file)
KSN News

SALINA, Kan. (AP) – A development group is hoping to turn the former St. John’s Hospital in Salina into 50 apartments for people ages 55 and older.

The Salina Journal reports Sunflower Development Group met with the Salina Heritage Commission recently to approve a plan to demolish part of the former hospital. The approval must go through a 14-day appeal period.

The project would further expose the original hospital built in 1914, as well as a wing built in 1951. The Kansas Historic Society asked the developers for the newer parts of the structure to be removed, so that there is a possibility the building could be added to the National Register of Historic Places and qualify for historic tax credits.

Renovation could start next summer provided the tax credits are received.