BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Earl K. Long Hospital in North Baton Rouge is gradually fading from the landscape, and the question is what might come after the rubble is gone.
Several community groups are looking at options to replace the shuttered hospital as demolition is underway. It should be complete by November.
Kristal Thomas has fond memories of what was once a lifesaver for the community.
"It's been there for so many years," Thomas said. "I was actually born there and now I live behind it."
Thomas is one of many neighbors hoping to see something worthwhile built on the site once its cleared.
"I'm just going to have to say secured, because you know we have the strip club and things that are over there, I don't want something that's going to allow for additional parking and for them to just come and hang out," Thomas said. "I just don't want another hang out spot."
State Senator Sharon Weston Broome is working with people in the community to see what would be best for the large site. Weston Broome says the best ideas have centered around a mixed-use development.
The East Baton Rouge Housing Authority is currently in charge of the site.
"One of the consistent comments from citizens is that they didn't just want a housing complex on that site," Weston Broome said. "They want something that is going to respond to multiple means that they see exist in our community."
Weston Broom adds that there might be a smaller health clinic included in the plans as well.