Apr 3, 2013 1:13 PM by Janine Reyes
CORPUS CHRISTI -- It's been an eyesore for decades, now, the old Osteopathic Hospital on Tarlton is finally coming down.
Del Mar College obtained ownership of the building in late November when taxing entities relived their debt for the handover.
Today, Del Mar announced in just a few weeks, demolition will begin.
Del Mar College staff, neighbors and neighboring businesses removed the first bricks of an already crumbling building today.
The old Osteopathic Hospital closed it's doors in 1990, since then, homeless, drug users and others have made their way inside.
Neighbor guadalupe munoz should know. She's lived in the area 45 years.
"Everything, you name it, everything we've been having here, drugs and everything," Munoz said.
Pauline Gonzalez is director at Primera Iglesia Bautista Day School, just across the street from the building. "I come in at 7:30 in the morning, I leave at 5:30 in the afternoon," she said, "and there's always people and I'm afraid also for the Travis Elementary children."
Through the years, our cameras have caught fires crews responding to fires inside the old building.
Every attempt to keep people out of the building just hasn't worked, we found windows is busted out and fences torn down, so, people nearby say demolition just can't come soon enough. "We just pray that it will be soon," said Gonzalez.
Del Mar says in the next two weeks or so, the process could be underway. They're accepting bids now, and once that's done, the company who does the demolition will have to work with the TCEQ. From there it's expected to take about a month.
Del Mar does not have specific plans for the 4 acre space yet.