Gulf Pines disrepair renews demolition discussion

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM.

Only the Board of County Commissioners has expressed a willingness to work with the city on those costs, that willingness stemming from a desire to return the property to the tax rolls.

“We are back to exploring bringing (the building) down and selling lots to cover costs,” Gibson said.

The Commission last year changed the zoning to residential, single family, in keeping with the neighborhood.

As originally platted, the land on which the hospital sits would yield five like-sized lots.

The gap between selling prices on the open market and costs to demolish the building – estimated at $100,000 including asbestos abatement – and settle claims proved too wide at the time for commissioners, though Gibson noted the costs on demolition were informal and the project never formally bid.

Gulf Pines is back on the radar after resident Ann White told commissioners the past two meetings that the building was in rough shape.

Wild animals, particularly rodents and cats as well as an early report of a coyote, have been seen around the building and teenagers had recently been found skateboarding in the old hospital.

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