La PORTE — A structure that has been a big part of the downtown La Porte skyline for more than 50 years will be coming down at some point over the next several months.

The first phase, or salvage phase, of the old La Porte Hospital’s demolition is now complete, and the final phase of demolition will begin this summer, Ashley Dickinson, CEO of Northwest Health, announced Monday.

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My opinion is that tearing down this building is a mistake and wasteful. Everyone says they need more housing for middle class who make just enough not to be eligible for any assistance programs. And right here is the answer, affordable apartments with renovation costs, nearly ready, without new housing costs. How many families could fit into this huge building and there is even sufficient parking. Look at all the business this could create for merchants uptown. Think about it.

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