The Philipsburg Area Hospital officially closed in 1991. It was put up for sale in 2010. No one expressed any interest in buying it. So the Pennsylvania Department of General Services recommended it be demolished in 2011. But there was never any money to actually do that until now.
Friday the state announced that they’re going to tear down the hospital. But a lot of folks in town still have a lot of good memories about it. Mark Vail and Catherine Hayes both told WTAJ they were born there and were treated there.
Even though it's been closed for a long time many people, like Vail, are still sad to hear it will be torn down.
Friday the state announced a $2.5 million contract to demolish the old hospital. Asbestos, lead, and other contaminants inside made it impractical to renovate.
But since it is happening people in Philipsburg have some ideas on what they'd like to see come in here. Most people want some kind of housing for the elderly, another hospital, or a school.
Hayes has lived here most of her life and would like whatever is built here to give people a reason to stay and work in Philipsburg.
The demolition is going to start this fall and should be wrapped up by spring of next year.
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