Belhaven community vigilant about plans to tear down Pungo Hospital building

BELHAVEN, N.C. (WNCT) – The Belhaven community remains concerned about the future of the old Pungo Hospital building.

Thursday, Mayor Adam O’Neal sent 9 On Your Side pictures showing consulting and engineering trucks from Terracon onsite. O’Neal believes they were there to check the building for possible hazards like asbestos, which would need to be taken care of before a demolition.

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In a statement, Arey Grady, Pantego Creek LLC’s lawyer, denied a plan to demolish the building, “The managers have made no proposals to the membership for the demolition.”

Previous Story 4/12/16

Vidant Health doesn’t know anything about plans to tear down the Pungo Hospital building in Belhaven.

Monday, 9 On Your Side reported on a letter Belhaven’s mayor Adam O’Neal sent stating Pantego Creek LLC was in talks with a contractor to start tearing down the hospital.

9 On Your Side contacted Vidant which said it hasn’t heard about the construction plans.

Vidant said its new 24-hour multi-specialty clinic is under construction and expected to open in June.

Vidant closed Pungo Hospital in 2014, sparking a campaign by the mayor to re-open it.

O’Neal said a tent is set up outside the building to watch for demolition.

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