TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- The city of Troy is looking for contractors to demolish the Leonard Medical Center.
"We've looked to the development community to see if anyone was interested in redeveloping it," said Mayor Patrick Madden. "We did not get good response to that. Our determination is that the property itself would be more valuable if the building wasn’t there. So we are going out to bid to make the site available for potential developers."
The bidding will be open to demolition contractors for the next 30 days.
George Burger, who lives across the street from the Leonard Medical Center, said the sooner it comes down, the better.
"They got to do something with it," said Burger.
"It just doesn’t help the look of the neighborhood, plus it impairs the development of that parcel of land up there," explained Madden.
The hospital closed its doors over 20 years ago and has since been a target of vandalism and trespassing.
"They stole every pipe in the place," Burger stated. "There’s nothing left. I mean what are you gonna do?"
Back in 2016, a teenager fell off a ledge and suffered a head injury. Burger said since a fence was put up and locked, there have been fewer people trying to get in.
While Berger is looking forward to the demolition, he does have one concern.
"I just worry about how much asbestos is in that place. Let’s hope they keep it to a minimum."
Mayor Madden said there is asbestos in the building.
The demolition will be a two-phase demolition. One to remove the asbestos and any lead if there is lead. Once the environmental issues are dealt with, then it can be demolished more quickly.
The city is looking to demolish the hospital by October 1.
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