A once highly utilized building in the downtown core, has fallen into disrepair and is now a danger to residents, according to an individual we spoke with, who lives in the area.
SaultOnline was invited down to the area and was shown multiple, ongoing issues with the former hospital site by a local resident.
The resident, to whom we have granted anonymity, explained that, in the time they have owned the property nearby, the problems at the hospital site have only gotten worse.
They said that the City has not responded to multiple calls that they and others in the neighbourhood have made, and are frustrated they haven’t had any acknowledgement of the escalating issues.
There have been reports of individuals inside the facility and also indications of drug use in addition to the smashed windows and the smell which are all issues with owning property near the former healthcare facility.
During the walk about the property, you could see multiple windows that had been smashed, however, what hit you the most was the smell.
A combination of mold, wet drywall and many other smells all wrapped up in one. They said when the wind blows into their yards, they can’t even go outside, their lungs burn and eyes water.
Just over a month ago, SaultOnline learned that emergency services responded, en-mass, in response to call regarding someone on the roof. According to the resident, this is a routine occurrence. They also believe there are people living inside the old hospital.
It has been over 2 years since Leisure Meadows Community Living Inc., based in Vaughan, On., a subsidiary of Wilsondale Asset Management Group, took possession of the property with plans to redevelop it.
It appears as though these plans have stalled, and the result is a worsening situation for the neighbourhood. It is further believed that almost anything of value inside the building has likely been taken by local thieves.
The building is not secured, the City appears to be turning a blind eye, and the resident we spoke with just wants action before someone gets hurt, or worse.
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