TULSA, Oklahoma -- The City of Tulsa will receive a grant of $200,000 to clean up the Old Morton Health Center, according to Mayor Dewey Bartlett.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will issue the grant to be used for indoor asbestos and removal of underground petroleum storage tanks. The money comes from ARRA's "Brownfield" sites program that helps in the redevelopment of property that is "complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant."
"It will become, hopefully then, an area of interest where it will become available to be purchased, restored and put into good serviceable shape," Bartlett said.
According to a press release from the City of Tulsa:
"The Morton Health Center history dates back to 1921 when the Red Cross opened Maurice Willows Hospital in North Tulsa. In 1932 the City of Tulsa replaced Willows with a new municipal hospital, and the facility was remodeled and continued to be used as part of Morton's clinic facilities.
In 1983 the health center was administratively reorganized and incorporated as Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. and a new Morton Health Center was completed in 2006 using Vision 2025 Funds and the old facility was closed."
After eight decades, it closed down when the new Morton Health Center was built in 2006.