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Leaders mull future use for old hospital

PICAYUNE — Discussion about the future of the former Crosby Memorial Hospital property will be much on the minds of city leaders in residents in Picayune over the coming months.

WLOX reported possible uses for the 5-acre site are many, but first the building must be torn down.

The city recently bought the site for $200,000 and has entered a contract for demolition of the old hospital building. The building was vacated after a new hospital was built on U.S. Highway 11 in North Picayune.

Before the building comes down, interior salvage work will be done.

The entire process should take about three month to complete.

“It will be bittersweet,” said City Manager Jim Luke. “The hospital has been here for nearly 60 years. A lot of people were born here, a lot of people worked here. But on the other hand, we think it will be great for the future of Picayune.”

“Our vision is to make this 5 acres green space for perpetual use by the citizens of Picayune,” Mayor Ed Pinero said.

One idea is to create a park.

The city is receiving other concepts for the property from Picayune residents.

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