Workers are removing asbestos from the former Morris Memorial Hospital in Milton, W. Va., which is the future site of a resort that will feature a 100-room hotel, pool facilities, ballroom and conference center, wedding chapel, fitness facility, medical clinic, restaurant, nine-hole golf course, and more.
Work is underway to transform the former Morris Memorial Hospital in Milton, W. Va., into a resort called the Grand Patrician, the Huntington, W. Va., Herald-Dispatch reported.
Patrick Cooper, an air technician with Triad Environmental of Huntington, said one of the first steps is to remove all of the asbestos from the property. “Before anyone else can come in here and do their jobs on this project, we have to get all of the asbestos removed,” Cooper said. “I guess you could say we are one of the first teams to come in on this massive project.”
Josh Jackson, the resort’s restoration project manager, was also on site with a crew doing paint removal. “Our goal is to restore this structure to its former glory,” he said. “This preparation work is the first step to begin the rehabilitation and restoration phase.”
In October, the Hoops family, led by Jeff and Patricia Hoops, and in conjunction with the city of Milton, announced that they would be turning the former Morris Memorial Hospital into a resort, the Herald-Dispatch reported.
The preliminary plans included a 100-room hotel with additional extended-stay suites, indoor/outdoor pool facilities, grand ballroom and conference center, a 250-seat wedding chapel, a gym and workout facility, a medical clinic and physical rehab center, a restaurant, a grand fountain in front of the hotel, youth and adult baseball fields, youth and adult softball fields, soccer fields, an activity complex and trails, an amphitheater, a nine-hole par-3 golf course, stables and horse trails, residential townhomes and public access to all facilities, the Herald-Dispatch reported.
Milton’s director of development, Rodney Pell, said the overall project is still in the design phase, but light demolition work and asbestos abatement have started at the site. “There is not a lot work of being done to the outside of the old hospital,” Pell said. “Right now it’s mostly interior work in preparation for the next phase to turn the structure into a retirement community.”
Plans are to convert the old hospital into a 50-unit retirement home. A planned hotel will be built on the other side of the property and will be able to be exactly as the Hoops family imagined, including a pool, fitness center, conference rooms and an outdoor wedding chapel, the Herald-Dispatch reported.
Also included in the updated master plan is a 3-par golf course, a clubhouse, an indoor sports complex, the ballfields and an amphitheater. Pell said the golf course will be one of the first projects completed and it could be ready as early as the fall. There will be about 80 condo units, 22 single-family home lots and 26 duplex units, along with office space, the Herald-Dispatch reported.
The updated master plan also includes space for future developments, Pell said.
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