I think the redevelopment of the La Crosse Street properties with condos is a good thing, however, I must say that I am shocked that the Beaver Dam Community Hospital would not donate the old Lakeview Hospital to the city, but instead demanded to be paid.
They initially wanted more than $300,000, but eventually agreed to $225,000. The owner of the fire-damaged executive apartments, on the other hand, demolished his building and then donated the property, asking only to recognize the two people who died in the fire with a memorial marker.
The hospital was unable to develop the property on its own, and it became an eyesore to the neighborhood. Besides paying the hospital, the city will incur costs for the demolishing of the building and the environmental clean up. Although the Beaver Dam Hospital Foundation, through donated money, does some charitable things, the hospital by itself does little for the city and the local citizens.
Yes, the hospital is a business, but other businesses like American Bank, Metalcraft, Apache, Walmart Distribution, and others, are generous in their partnerships with schools, the city and charitable entities. It is time for BDCH to follow their example.
Marge Jorgensen, Beaver Dam