An old vacant eastern Kentucky hospital was an eyesore for years.
The Corbin property is now set to become the focus of a neighborhood revitalization.
For more than 20 years, people in downtown Corbin have had to deal with a vacant old hospital where they say the problems were getting worse and worse.
But thanks to federal and state grant money, the K.C.E.O.C. Community action agency was able to tear it down in the fall.
“I'm just glad to see it gone, just tickled to death about it,” John Sutherland said.
K.C.E.O.C. is set to build 16 apartments units where seniors can live independently. The also have plans to build another mixed-income apartment complex, with a retail center on the first floor.
“Basically be able to provided employment opportunities for those who live in the apartments above there and potentially some small grocery stores, pharmacies, small retail,” Paul Dole said.
It could give the area an economic boost in a time when it is much needed.
Funding is already approved for the senior housing units.
They are expected to be built within the next year.
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