A building that was once a nursing school will now be set for demolition by Crawford County.



On Tuesday, Crawford County Commissioners received five bids to demolish the former Mt. Carmel Nursing School building located at 3101 N. Michigan in Pittsburg.

A building that was once a nursing school will now be set for demolition by Crawford County.

On Tuesday, Crawford County Commissioners received five bids to demolish the former Mt. Carmel Nursing School building located at 3101 N. Michigan in Pittsburg.

According to County Project Manager Tom Ragonese, the building was once part of property that was deeded to Crawford County by former county commissioner Joe Saia.

“The first use that I know of was a juvenile detention center,” Ragonese said. “It also housed the health department before the current one was built.”

He said that Social and Rehabilitation Services also used the building in the past, along with Kaw Valley Youth Services.

“It has been used up until about 5-10 years ago,” Ragonese said.

But now with no tenant and the county not wanting to become a landlord, the decision was made earlier in the year to demolish the structure.

“The building is just brick,” Ragonese said. “The piping and electrical is shot and part of the roof is gone.”

He said there was a point when the county looked at possibly rehabilitating the building, but it turned out to not be cost-effective. At the time, Ragonese said it would cost about $2 million to rehab the structure.

“The county really didn’t want to renovate and become a property owner,” Ragonese said.

The five different bids ranged in price from $66,000 to $159,000 and the location of the bidders varied from Pittsburg to Kansas City, Mo.

Ragonese said that, by demolishing the building, surrounding property could see positive effects.

“We feel the land, once the building is cleared off, will really improve the whole area,” Ragonese said.

Commissioners expect a final recommendation relating to the bids next Tuesday.

In other business, commissioners:

• approved the cereal malt beverage licenses for Gebhart’s Chicken Dinners, Kevin’s Country Corner, Chicken Annies Girard and Chicken Mary’s;

• approved canceling the Jan. 2 regular meeting of the Crawford County Commission;

• announced that the Crawford County Courthouse will close at 10 a.m. today for year-end cash audit and both Crawford County Motor Vehicle offices in Pittsburg and Girard will be closed all day;

• announced that the Crawford County Courthouse will be closed on Jan. 1 in observance of the New Year holiday;

• approved setting a time and place for county Road & Bridge crews to receive a tetanus booster as well as approved the possibility of those crews also receiving vaccines for Hepatitis A and B.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140.