DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – For the first time on Tuesday, demolition crews started dismantling the exterior of the former Good Samaritan Hospital. It’s the first step in a roughly year-long process.
After years of debate and an angry community response in recent weeks, the first visible signs of the deconstruction are now evident. A Premier Health official says the deconstruction that started Tuesday will make it easier for crews to remove materials from inside the building.
In recent weeks, experts with the O’Rourke Wrecking Company have been working on some preliminary deconstruction on the interior of the hospital building. Now we’ll start to see changes to the exterior.
No roads were closed Tuesday, and Premier Health officials say traffic should not be impacted throughout the process. No explosives will be used in this process.
The wrecking crews will take down most of the building piece by piece. Premier says about 90% of the materials at Good Samaritan will be recycled. They say the hospital is expected to be completely deconstructed within a year.
Members of the community were fired up at a town hall meeting a few weeks ago that outlined the deconstruction process. There are 2 more town hall meetings scheduled: one on May 21st and another on July 16th.