Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Post office cancellation halts project

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — The state is delaying a $30 million to $35 million project to improve conditions at a Cincinnati psychiatric hospital after a proposed land sale to the U.S. Postal Service fell through.

        The Department of Mental Health planned to sell about 35 acres at its Summit Behavioral Healthcare site for $3.9 million to the Postal Service, which intended to replace a processing and distribution center.

        The Postal Service withdrew its purchase offer last month, citing financial difficulties.

        The state hoped to complete the project, to improve living and recreation space for patients, by 2003, Sam Hibbs, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Mental Health, said Tuesday.

        The former Pauline Warfield Lewis Center houses about 235 patients.


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