Abandoned hospital has new owners, new life

Published 10:15 pm Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The eyesore that sits on the corner of North Jackson Street and West Congress Street is getting a much-needed face-lift thanks to its new owners.

The abandoned hospital was previously owned by an investment company located in McComb. It has sat empty for years, and had become more than just an eyesore; it was dangerous.

The city has tried for years to figure out a way to deal with the problem, but now won’t have to.

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A Tylertown church recently purchased the property and began cleaning it this week. Just cutting the grass and trimming the overgrown vegetation has improved the appearance of the lot substantially.

Property owners nearby are no doubt thrilled that something is finally being done, and so are we.

The new owners have big plans for the facility, but they will start with renovating the outside and doing some general clean-up work.

“We’re going to make Brookhaven proud of this building,” said Jerry Terrell, a representative of Dexter Pentecostal Church that purchased the building. “We have various plans that we want to do with this building that we will unveil in the near future. We’re possibly looking into a child advocacy center, rehab facility or a medical clinic.”

Whatever their plans, we hope they are successful. And we hope the community supports their endeavor to make the building usable again.