Agency opens new apartments in Corbin at site of old hospital building

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Some called it a spooky piece of real estate that was haunted! Now the place where the old Corbin Hospital sat empty for years has a new look.

The old hospital building is long gone, in its place, a new home for seniors in the area.

And just like that, the doors are open.

"It should be filled within a month," said Paul Dole, President and CEO of KCEOC.

KCEOC held an open house Thursday for their new 16-unit apartment complex. The building sits on the same piece of property where the old Corbin Hospital sat for years.

"This is phase one, our big kickoff, of phase one," said Dole.

Getting to this point took a long legal battle, as the city of Corbin and KCEOC were sued to make sure the old hospital came down.

"We wanted to make sure we had funding to do the asbestos abatement and also demolition," said Miles Estes, Vice-President of Advancement, with KCEOC.

Estes said the organization was in and out of court for two years. But now they are seeing the fruits of their labor in providing housing for one part of the area's population.

Rent payments for seniors that live in the apartments would be controlled, so they would not be required to pay more than 30% of their monthly income.

Leaders said they are excited about giving this property new life - a brighter future for a once blighted tract of land.

"We were able to eliminate that problem from the community and make this complex available for the seniors," said Dole.

You must be 62 years of age or older to live in the building - and also low-income. There is already a waiting list for the apartments.

If you would like to see if you qualify, call Franklin Asset Management, who runs the complex. They are based in Louisville. You can reach the coordinator at 1-800-837-2509, Extension 203.

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