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Parsons Officials hope to bring life back to Katy Hospital

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It was built in the 1920's - Katy Hospital used to be the go-to place for medical care, but through the years, the need for the hospital waned, leaving a vacant structure in parsons.

But city officials would like for it to serve a purpose again in the form of additional senior low income housing.

"With the Katy hospital...it was built as a part of the Katy railroad...huge piece of history for the city of parsons. And one of the last Katy structures left in town." says Parsons Public Information Officer, Kari West.

The property is owned by Labette county and maintained by Labette Health. The city of Parsons took renovation plans to county commissioners -- who gave the approval to turn the historical building into low-income senior housing.

The hospital is much smaller than other hospitals, but still remains in tact - inside and out, according to officials who have recently toured the building.

"It has a lot of great potential and is hopefully going to develop that into hopefully something that we can all be proud of for this community." says Doug Stacy, Assistant Administrator for Labette Health.

"There's a lot of great architectural features in the facility, and it has a lot of very usable space." West says.

Cohen- Ersey Development out of Kansas City won the bid to restore the historical building.
Hospital officials say the last working clinic in the building shut down nearly 5 years ago and hope renovations can begin soon.

"We are looking for someone to restore it to it's former glory. So we're kind of excited that we have some interest in the property." Stacy says.

Cohen Ersey hopes to receive financing through tax credits from the Kansas housing resource corporation. The application process for that funding is already underway.
If approved, construction could begin as early as October with a completion date set for August 2015.

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