Demolition of Winona Hospital begins

Crews have started tearing down the brick walls of the vacant Winona Hospital near downtown Indianapolis, seven years since the building closed and became a community eyesore.  Heavy equipment began work today breaking up the 317-room hospital that opened in the 1950’s and closed when the owner went bankrupt.  Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says no one bid on the building at a 2009 tax sale and the city never found a buyer.  City officials say the building had been heavily vandalized.  Jeffrey Patchen, CEO of the nearby Children’s Museum in Indianapolis, is working with the city on what to do with the site.

Patchen on Winona Site

The city says it is using a federal grant to pay for the building’s demolition.  Denney Excavating owner Randy Denney says the whole building will be torn down by Halloween.

— Network Indiana and Associated Press


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