(La Porte, IN) - If they weren't already, the days are definitely numbered now for the old La Porte Hospital building.
Much of the seven-story structure resembles a skeleton due to the ongoing demolition work that began in late June.
Mayor Tom Dermody was taken back somewhat by what the building looks like now, but said he’s excited over what it could mean for the city in the future.
“You just always wondered what it would be without the hospital because I grew up with that hospital here. Now, we’re going to have an opportunity to redevelop with the hospital something really neat for the future of La Porte,” he said.
So far, no decision has been made on how that site will be used for the long-term, but Dermody notes that talks are ongoing between the city and Northwest Health, the owner of the old hospital property.
In the short-term, the site will become a green space for the public to enjoy.
Eventually, Dermody's vision is for the site to become some type of a public gathering space for special events, perhaps. He would also like to see part of the site used for new housing.
So far, no timetable has been set for long-term redevelopment of the property.
“It’s a fresh start right downtown in the center of all activities,” he said.
The demolition is on schedule to be finished before the end of the year.