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2 OLD AVENUES HOSPITALS FACE DEMOLITION AS IHC MAKES DEAL

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Standing virtually empty for four years, the old Veterans Administration Medical Center, 12th Avenue and E Street, and the old Primary Children's Medical Center, 320 12th Ave., appear headed for the wrecking ball.

Intermountain Health Care, owner of both buildings, has reached an agreement to sell both buildings to Park City Construction Co., but the sale won't be completed for several months, according to Daron H. Cowley, IHC spokesman.Construction company officials didn't return a telephone call by press time Monday on what they will do with the buildings. Earlier this year, IHC and the Avenues Community Council agreed to restrictions that allow four single-family dwellings per acre as a way to maintain the residential character of the area.

Cowley said that with the exception of some minor uses, both buildings have been empty since 1990. The Primary Children's Medical Center is now located at 100 N. Medical Drive, and the Veteran's Medical Center moved to 500 Foothill Blvd. in 1952.

After the move, some parts of the old building were used by the Primary Children's facility. The old Veterans Medical Center was built in the 1930s.

Funds from the sales will be put in the IHC Foundation and the interest used for children's health and safety programs in the Intermountain Area, Cowley said.