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Protest Filed Against Hospital Demolition

KSAL Staff - December 19, 2013 10:49 pm

St Johns Hospital Complex

A Salina man files a protest against a decision allowing the demolition of the buildings that once housed St. John’s Hospital.

Jim Ravenkamp tells KSAL News that he formally filed paperwork protesting the Salina Heritage Commission’s decision to allow the destruction of the property. After giving it much thought, he filed the paperwork on the last day of the protest period. He says that had he not filed it, demolition could have started.

Ravenkamp says that he believes that there are ways that the facility can be used. He says a committee should be formed to explore possible uses of the facilty. According to Ravenkamp “Salina has already destroyed too many old historical buildings”. He doesn’t want the same fate for this nearly 100 year old facility.

Back on December 4th, Salina’s Heritage Commission approved plans to demolish the St. John’s buildings, saying restoring them would be too costly.

Salina Regional Health Center owns the buildings on the St. John’s campus, which has been vacant since 2010.

Jack Hinnenkamp, of Salina Regional Health Center, said it would cost between $1 million and $2 million to demolish the seven-building campus. He said redeveloping the buildings would cost more but didn’t provide any estimates.

St. John’s was started in 1914 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia and operated by the Wichita-based Sisters of St. Joseph until 1995.

The issue will come before the Salina City Commission in the near future.

Fred Hanson

December 20, 2013 at 7:57 am

Good for him. The south newer section would be ideal for the health deapartment. Why did not any of the commissioners either city or county look into this? Instead of acting like stupid jackasses this was and is a very viable solution.

Warren Fair

December 20, 2013 at 11:37 am

Go for it Jim. If SRHC would have kept up the Maint. it would not be in such bad shape.

Mandy Torrey McIntire

December 21, 2013 at 6:57 am

Thank you Jim!!!!!!!!

Diana Blount

December 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm

thank you Mr. Ravenkamp!!!!

Fuchs Mi

December 22, 2013 at 1:48 am

This guy Hinnenkamp with Salina Regional seems to be the problem. It was under his watch that the old hospital’s roof was not repaired and left to let water in and destroy things. Evidently this was Salina Regionals game plan all along to try and beat the Heritage commission on being able to demolish the building. Why as a community should we allow owners of property of this type to refuse on purpose to keep the property up. If this was some poor person and their house fell in disarray you bet the city would be on them like a fly on manure. Now the city commissioners get a shot at it. These are the same city commissioners who favor spending $450 K on art or 8 million on the bi-center which still is not getting any entertainment but cannot fix the bridge on Greeley that has been closed for over a year. What’s wrong with this picture?

Fuchs Mi

December 22, 2013 at 1:51 am

By the way Fred you are right on about how part of this building would have made a good health department but none of any of the commissioners had the insight. The bunch of them would rather fight over it the both entities turn and raise our taxes which I believe what was intended all along and the health department fight was just a smoke screen.

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