LAKEMORE The 100-plus-year-old original hospital building at the Edwin Shaw Rehabilition property in Lakemore is coming down.
The building is one of many structures on the more than 100-acre property which has been vacant since 2010. It has become an abandoned eyesore in recent years and with no takers willing to buy and reuse the county-owned property, officials decided to raze the site to create a clean slate for future development.
Demolition on the property began in February with crews reaching the hospital building last week. The building first opened in 1915 and served as the Springfield Lake Sanatorium Hospital.
Summit County Administration Services Director for Summit County Craig Stanley said demolition began following abatement of the cottages on the property. He said there wasn’t a lot of asbestos to remove because those were smaller buildings. Demolition of the newer and larger hospital building is expected to begin in June.
Total cost for demolition and abatement of all the structures is $850,000. Stanley said the demolition company has salvage rights to all the material, which helped drive down the cost of the work.
Work on the project will continue through late summer as the county gave Safeco Environmental Services a year to do the work, which Stanley gives the company some flexibility and also helps keep the cost down.
The site has been visited frequently by thieves and vandals since it has been vacant, which has caused an order to arrest anyone found on the property without proper authorization.
The county will hold onto the property following demolition as Stanley is hopeful to see something happen with the property.
"It is going to be a blank slate," Stanley said. "I am hopeful it will bring jobs."