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Vicksburg to file lawsuit to acquire abandoned hospital

The city of Vicksburg plans to file an eminent domain lawsuit to take ownership of the unused Kuhn Memorial Hospital.

The city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen Thursday approved plans to file the suit, which allows the city to covert property to public use on paying its market value.

Owners have abandoned the property and city officials have been trying to get it cleaned up for more than a decade. An abducted woman’s murder on the property in 2015 brought new urgency to cleanup efforts, though.

City Attorney Nancy Thomas tells the Vicksburg Post that the city wants to acquire title by November to meet an application deadline for a state grant. It would help pay the estimated $850,000 cost of razing buildings and removing an underground fuel tank.

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