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Published May 09, 2013, 03:54 PM

New Rockford receives grant to tear down old hospital

The town of New Rockford is preparing to demolish a long-time local landmark that has become an environmental hazard. The city received a grant from the EPA to tear down the old New Rockford hospital that was condemned due to asbestos.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The town of New Rockford is preparing to demolish a long-time local landmark that has become an environmental hazard. The city received a grant from the EPA to tear down the old New Rockford hospital that was condemned due to asbestos. Local officials say the EPA award means the hospital will come down years sooner than expected.

The New Rockford hospital was built in 1939, but has laid vacant for more than 20 years. The 200,000 dollar Brownfields Cleanup grant will help to remove asbestos at the hospital, and eventually tear down the building. The city has been saving money for the project and will contribute 100,000 dollars to the project. Once the hospital is gone, the prime real estate land will be used for affordable housing for families and seniors, an area of great need in New Rockford.

Sarah Smith Warren, New Rockford Area Betterment Corporation: "Our community is suffering from a housing crisis, housing shortage, so we are going to be focusing on repurposing this area as multi-family housing units."

The EPA grant says the project must be completed within two years, but New Rockford mayor Jim Belquist says he hopes to have the building leveled by this fall.

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