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More activity begins at the former Mercy Hospital

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Work crews were busy Wednesday getting ready for the demolition of the old Mercy Hospital on Stone Street.

No, the demolition of the mammoth complex, 218 Stone St., did not start. Workers were throwing all kinds of items — doors, metal cabinets, furniture and pieces of wood — out of upper floor windows.

A piece of heavy equipment on the Massey Street side was getting the site ready for the pending demolition.

An official in the city’s code enforcement office said the activity is in preparation for the asbestos abatement project before the building comes down. The state Department of Labor must approve an asbestos permit.

The site will be redeveloped by COR Development Co., Fayetteville.

Signs that read “Hard Hat Area” recently went up along the chain link fence installed around the series of buildings at the site.

Demolition is to start this fall.

The site will be transformed into 168 residential units and 42,000 square feet of shops and offices.

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