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Letter to the Editor: Zoning issue could help restoration of the Old Fitzgibbon Hospital

Sunday, January 6, 2013

We have been in the season of Christmas and the birthing of a new year. Giving is the most significant action shown during this time and we have a beautiful landmark in our city of Marshall that needs this gift more than ever.

The Old Fitzgibbon Hospital is now officially on the National Registry of Historic buildings in the U.S.

It is aging rapidly and has passed the point of just needing hundreds but millions of dollars for it to be returned to its former glory.

To avoid this blight there will be a public hearing by the zoning commission to review the R2/special needs zoning this building has had for most of the entire life of the structure. This zoning is the only zoning that will attract large commercial buyers that have the kind of funding to accomplish a project of this magnitude.

Prior denial of this rezoning partially hinged on the concern that it would affect the Marshall Housing Authorities funding.

The facts according the MHA are that only 18 families or 8 percent of their entire tenants were even eligible to be tenants as structured in the proposed conversion into senior housing. Recently Ward 4 Councilman Tom Hagedorn stated in the news that "I want this city cleaned up...I think we can get it done." -- in reference to cleaning up our neighborhoods.

So let's clean up the historical Old Fitzgibbon Hospital. We need big builders and this opportunity as a city, as the zoning board and the city council to gift this before further deterioration continues will be on Jan 8th at 5:15 p.m. at the city building, 214 N. Lafayette Ave.

Please, let's all attend this meeting and add our voices of support to save this landmark that has touched the lives of so many of us here in our town. I am looking forward to seeing you there.

—Pat O'Hanlon
Old Fitzgibbon Hospital owner

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