A new era for Lourdes - KLFY News 10

A new era for Lourdes

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There are now plans for the old Our Lady of Lourdes hospital on St. Landry Street that include taking it down piece by piece. 

That hospital was built back in 1949 and remained opened up until 2011. That's when the new Lourdes campus opened off Ambassador Caffery. Since then the St. Landry St. hospital sat vacant. Not knowing right away what to do with the building, hospital administrators kept it open. But that cost them nearly $70,000 per month, it was decided recently to dismantle it piece by piece at a cost of $2 million.

According to Elisabeth Arnold, community relations director for Lourdes, the building will be taken down piece by piece over the next couple of months. Arnold goes on to say there have been a lot of mixed emotions about this decision. But that the hospital wants to do what's best and safest for the community.

Once dismantled, the property will remain an open lot with green space and either leased or sold. The surrounding buildings on the old campus will remain open for business. The dismantling project should be complete by the end of this year.

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