Demolition begins on old Woodside Hospital

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A major eyesore on Youngstown’s South Side is coming down.

Demolition started Friday on the former Woodside Receiving Hospital on Indianola Avenue.

Demolition and asbestos removal crews knocked down most of the building, leaving behind some piping and flooring to clean up.

The old hospital served mental health patients until the mid-1990s. Later, Lincoln Behavioral Center, a private facility, opened, providing troubled youth with counseling and mental health services before closing in 2008. The building has remained empty ever since.

“It’s been a real eyesore,” said Youngstown Councilman John Swierz, D-7th Ward. “I think at this point in time the owner of the facility and the city came to an agreement that it has to come down.”

ACV Realty is listed on the Mahoning County auditor’s website as the owner of the building. According to Swierz, the property covers about three acres.

“I spoke to several neighbors in this neighborhood. Some say it’s a shame the building is being torn down and couldn’t be saved to help those in need like the homeless or even the elderly,” said Swierz. “Others wonder what will happen to the property.”

Calvin Harrison lives nearby and hopes the city uses the property to make a space for the community.

“I’d like the city to take it over and possibly extend Homestead Park and put a water park in for the kids. Something for the South Side kids to go to,” said Harrison.

Crews estimate it will take about two months to tear down the entire structure.

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