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Kilgore College trustees approve lease with hospital

Kilgore College trustees approve lease with hospital

POSTED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 12:14pm

College trustees here approved an agreement Monday to convert some 30,000 square feet at the former Laird Memorial Hospital as a training site for nursing and other medical courses.

The Kilgore College Board of Trustees also set a $1.5 million cap for what the school will pay to renovate the unused space at the former city hospital.

The sub-lease with Allegiance Specialty Hospital, which leases all 128,000 square feet of the hospital at U.S. 259 and Dudley Lane from the city, will cost the college $125,400 annually.

Trustees also OK’d a so-called survivability agreement with the city of Kilgore. The agreement ensures the college may use the space even if Allegiance ends its lease with the city, which still owns the building and 10-acre site.

Nursing, radiological technology, surgical technology and physical therapy assistant courses will move to the new site, College President Bill Holda told the board. The move will free up 18,000 square feet on campus for automotive technology and other courses, he said.

“We’d spend another $4.5 million to $5 million to build that space,” Holda said.

Read more from the Longview News-Journal.

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