The demolition would be Lawrence Memorial Hospital's third in five years in the area.
A small bungalow at 333 Ark. apparently is beyond healing.
Officials at Lawrence Memorial Hospital have asked the city for permission to raze the former rental home, which is across the street from the hospital's main entrance.
The home's failing heating system is only one portion of the residence that doesn't comply with building codes, leading to the inescapable diagnosis that the home must come down.
``It's not worth trying to fix it and put it up for rent,'' said Skanda Skandaverl, the hospital's director of facilities management. ``You'd have to put a lot of money into it.''
The demolition would be the hospital's third in five years in the area. The hospital also owns another home in the area that it continues to rent.
Skandaverl said the demolition was intended to clean up the area. The hospital bought the home about two years ago and has no immediate plans for the property.
``We are just keeping the neighborhood a little clean,'' he said. ``I cannot predict the future.''
The hospital applied for a demolition permit last month. The mandatory 30-day waiting period expires June 22.
Skandaverl expects the demolition to occur by winter and cost about $2,850.
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