LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Demolition started for the former Southwestern Hospital, on Fourth Street and Lee Blvd, off Lee Boulevard this morning.
The old hospital hasn't been used for over 30 years. The Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache Intertribal Land-Use Committee received the building as a gift back in 1991. And in 2014 the building was officially declared dilapidated by the City of Lawton.
Gill's demolition safety manager Terry Little was born in this hospital 51 years and is part of the crew who is now tearing the building down. The building holds memories for Little but he says he understands why it needs to go.
"It's been an eyesore around Lawton for a long time. It hasn't been used in years so I'm kinda glad to see it go and get cleaned up, you know help the city look a little bit cleaner."
City officials say they expect the demolition to last around two weeks. The city says it will take the rubble from the old hospital and use it to elevate flood plains.
As for what's going here next, the executive director of the Kiowa, Comanche, Apache Intertribal Land-Use Committee says they'll start discussing that once the land is cleared.