Vicksburg seeks grant to clear hazards from ex-hospital site

Kuhn Memorial Hospital

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – Vicksburg is taking ownership of a long-closed former charity hospital, and will apply for a federal grant to clean hazardous material off the property.

The Vicksburg Post reports that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved a contract with a consulting firm to apply for money through the Environmental Protection Agency.

Officials estimate it will cost about $850,000 to remove asbestos, tear down buildings, remove an underground storage tank and clear the Kuhn Memorial Hospital site. The city has to own the property to apply for the grant.

Kuhn started as a city hospital and became a state charity hospital in 1956. The state closed its three charity hospitals in 1989, and the nearly 13-acre Kuhn property has changed ownership several times since then.

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

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11/9/2016 10:01:30 AM (GMT -6:00)

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