PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A community group in Pendleton is considering the future of a shuttered state mental hospital.
Many in the group preferred razing the former Blue Mountain Recovery Center and preparing the land for future industrial development.
Other options included converting it to a call center or treating mentally ill inmates transitioning back to society. But the building has high operating costs and needs refurbishment.
The East Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1oGTTLt ) that state lawmakers directed the community to come up with a plan for the site after lawmakers cut off funding.
After several last-minute saves, the 60-bed hospital closed in March. Patients were sent to other state facilities and 120 employees lost their jobs.