MOULTRIE -- A proposal from an Albany church group to purchase the old
Vereen Memorial Hospital for $50,000 was nixed Monday by Colquitt County
The church group had plans of turning the facility into a foster home for
teen-age girls from all across the state.
For more than a year, a study panel has been doing due diligence on the
future of the old facility, and the only significant interest to keep it
from being demolished came from First Monumental Faith Baptist Church of
Hospital board member Clarence Lowe, who chaired the study panel, said it
was his committee's recommendation not to sell it to this group.
He cited a number of concerns, including not having a clear picture of
the finances of this group and the compatibility of that kind of use in
that particular location on South Main Street. And, he said city
officials indicated there was little or no chance of the old hospital
being rezoned from R-1A (the strictest of city zoning) to a commercial
Lowe said if this project began and the finances were not there to make
it successful and it was abandoned again, then the City of Moultrie
would have to red flag it.
"And we don't want another Swift building on South Main Street," said
The old Swift building stood snaggled and partially torn down on North
Main Street for several years before a combination of state, federal and
local resources finally took it down.
While the hospital authority has not officially voted to tear down the
building, Jim Lowry, administrator of Colquitt Regional Medical Center,
is researching those costs. That inquiry also includes whether it can be
A year ago it was estimated that it would take at least $1 million to
clear the property. A disposition of the building was termed by the
panel as a community issue, not just one of the hospital authority. The
panel included members of City Council, County Commission, the hospital
authority and other civic leaders.
It has been suggested that if demolition is the recourse, that it be
shared between the authority and the two local governments.
For the past 30 years, the old hospital -- some 80,000 square feet -- has
served as a county government complex.
"Our last involvement will be this week when we auction off some
furniture and other items left in there," said Max Hancock, County
The sale of items will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29.
County officials said those people buying items should come prepared to
take them away with them at that time.
To contact Dwain Walden, call 985-4545, ext. 214.
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