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City Says Old Medical Care Facility Devalued, Damaged Upon Return from County

City Posts Gallery of Missing Items and Damaged Property

Posted by Corunna Now at 8:59am 5/24/18

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City of Corunna

Sixty-five years ago, in 1953, officials with the City of Corunna donated land on Norton Street for the development of a medical care facility by the county.  The caveat: when the property is no longer used as a medical care facility, the city resumes ownership of the property and any development therein.

So when Pleasant View, formerly known as Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility, opened its new $25 million facility north of the city, city officials decided to exercise their right to the Norton Street property and facility. 



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But when the keys were turned over to the city, they were to a building that had been "devalued and damaged," City Manager Joe Sawyer told Corunna Now, as the result of the county stripping various improvements, fixtures and components from the building.

Both current and former city officials say the county had no right to the items, and in crediting the medical care board for taking good care of the facility, including many improvements made over time, say the building's condition today is the direct result of the county taking the items.

 It's a building with a "great potential for re-use or redevelopment," Sawyer said, while former city councilman, Mike Sarrazin said "The items they took amounted to peanuts worth of value yet will cost the city many thousands of Corunna taxpayer monies to restore to a marketable property."

Sarrazin went on to say "The city did their part in good faith and this was the thanks we got."

Now, attorneys for both the City of Corunna and the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners are sifting through the mess.

Sawyer also noted that the reversion included the county occupied property south of the old medical care facility as well.
 "The city had previously approved a month-to-month occupancy of those buildings at no cost to help with a smooth transition. Starting in July, the county will need to pay rent to continue their occupancy," he said.

See more than 50 photos of how city officials say the former Pleasant View building was returned to them here.

HISTORICAL NUGGET:  When the Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility was opened in 1953, it was to replace the 106 year old poor farm hospital on Lyons Road south of Corunna, which had been deemed unsafe.  Part of the foundation of the original poor farm barn, built in 1847, is still there, along with the county cemetery used for poor farm “inmates,” as they were called back then.

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