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Old Hospital Demolition Ahead in 2012

For a decade the focus was "Building the Vision". Now Administrators of the Woodstock General Hospital are turning to "Demolishing the Past". Decommissioning the former 100-year-old hospital has begun this week with soil testing at the old hospital site. Vice President of Services for the Hospital, Perry Lang says internal testing for material such as asbestos is also on the checklist. "Over the years with construction methods, the interal environmental assessment will determine how much it will cost to abate those contaminants. That contract will be going out for tender in the spring." Once those test results are in at the end of the month, the hospital will have a better handle on the overall cost of demolition this fall. CEO Natasa Veljovic says they will keep all stakeholders in the loop. "We had excellent neighbours at the old hospital. I'm sure they're happy all that traffic is gone now. But to keep them up to date, on December 8th, we distributed a letter, identifying how we're going to move forward in 2012, and how we hope to keep them involved in the process." The 8.2-acre site is expected to hit the market in 2013. It will be up to the city and county to decide on zoning and what kind of development is appropriate for the area. A workshop last year suggested residential development would be ideal.

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