LANSING, Mich. — As crews work to build the new McLaren Greater Lansing hospital in Lansing, many are worried about what will happen to the old facilities and surrounding neighborhoods.
Some residents said the fate of the old hospital located at 401 W. Greenlawn Ave. could have a big impact on them.
The existing hospital, along with the one located at 2727 S. Pennsylvania Ave., are both expected to close in about three years, right around the time the new $450 million hospital will open in southeast Lansing near Michigan State University.
Derrell Slaughter is an Ingham County Commissioner who represents the 3rd District and he also lives in the Old Everett neighborhood.
He said the hospital on Greenlawn Ave. is a hub of activity so he hopes it will be repurposed or replaced.
"It would be an eyesore if there was nothing left here. This place has been a source of employment. Folks who live here and they work here and they live in the neighborhood, so, for there not to be anything replaced would be a huge hole left in this neighborhood," Slaughter said.
At an upcoming Old Everett Neighborhood Association meeting,the hospital's Chief Operating Officer, Casey Kandow is expected to give an update on construction of the new hospital. But residents, including Slaughter, are hoping he'll also update them on the status of the existing hospitals' fate.
"I've heard folks and I agree with them. Seeing some type of hospital, maybe a VA hospital to replace the space. I think that makes a lot of sense," he said.
Jon Adamy, a Marketing Specialist for McLaren Greater Lansing told News 10 that they're considering several possibilities. They've also gotten interest from both for-profit and non-profit companies and organizations.
"I think folks don't want to just see any type of business come here. But use it so that we will continue to be a centerpiece of the neighborhood and bring people together," Slaughter said.
The meeting will take place at the McLaren Education Center near the corner of S. Washington and Greenlawn Thursday at 6:30 PM.
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