To the editor:
Work continues on schedule for the demolition of the old St. Francis Hospital buildings.
Buffalo Street is closed from 15th to 17th streets, and a temporary drive has been installed in the north parking lot to accommodate the folks who live on 16th Street. Walkway barriers will soon be installed on Buffalo Street to protect citizens.
You’ve probably noticed how dark it is at night around the property. All of the utilities have been disconnected as interior demolition work begins. Indianapolis Power & Light will soon install additional street lights in the alley north of the property.
Fencing is being installed around the property to keep people out of the area. This will really be important when the buildings are dismantled a floor at a time in the spring.
I have been pleased with the work being done by DLZ, Tonn and Blank and Brandenburg Co. I think Franciscan Health got it right by hiring these companies.
Many folks have asked if there is any possibility of getting bricks from the buildings for a keepsake. We have not made any arrangements for that type of activity, and we do not encourage anyone to approach demolitions workers with such a request. Should the opportunity become available to get souvenir bricks, we will pass that information on to the public.
Dennis B. Buckley
Mayor of Beech Grove