The demolition of the ruins of the former Atsugi Keishin Hospital in Yamagiwa, Atsugi City, Kanagawa, started earlier this month. The 2605 sqm site has two 5 and 8 storey buildings with a total floor area of 5103 sqm. Demolition is expected to be finished by February, 2011.
The Hospital closed in 1997 and has been vacant ever since. This run-down building is well-known as a popular exploration spot, and the neighboring residents made many complaints to the local Council over noise and graffiti.
In April, 2010, the City’s bid of 12,630,000 JPY was accepted for the site and demolition plans were made. The City have plans to turn the site into a public park.
About the hospital:
The building has been used by three different hospitals over the years – all of whom closed after a few years of operations.
This hospital opened in 1979 as the Kawano Hospital, which then closed in 1987. It then became the Yamagiwa Hospital, which then closed in 1993. From 1995 to 1997 it was the Atsugi Keishin Hospital. Shortly afterwards it became a popular haunted building with many ghost stories.
Local residents made many complaints, but due to the complex private ownership over the site, nothing was done for many years. The land owners were a religious group based in Osaka. As they had not paid land taxes for many years, the site was foreclosed. At the public auction, Atsugi City won their bid for the site.
The Mainichi Daily News, December 10, 2010.