Moving day for Pinckneyville Community Hospital

The former site of Pinckneyville Community Hospital, located on Walnut Street, was outdated and slowly falling behind on health care codes. 

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PINCKNEYVILLE — Within the next few weeks, the old Pinckneyville hospital will be demolished, the Pinckneyville Community Hospital Board of Directors has announced.

The building will come down sometime in early July.

Earth Services, of Benton, was awarded the bid for the $494,000 project. The project cost covers the asbestos abatement and land remediation, according to hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Barbour.

The project should be completed in November.

Funds for the demolition are coming from a USDA grant and Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, funds collected by the city of Pinckneyville. In a news release, hospital administrator/CEO Randall Dauby noted that the TIF funds are not new taxes, but money already collected from taxes specifically raised to improve areas within the TIF zone.

Dauby also noted that the hospital is not raising and has not considered raising property taxes in order to pay for the old hospital's demolition.

The board approved that bid at its June meeting, during which board members also awarded a contract to Evrard-Strang Construction to begin building of a new Senior Life Solutions building on the site of the new hospital.

The new, 2,800-square-foot building will be built on the west side of the Pinckneyville Community Hospital property on Illinois 154. Construction there is set to begin Aug. 1, with the project being completed in December or January.

stephanie.esters@thesouthern.com

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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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