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Resident Fed Up With Disrepair of Former Riverside Hospital

From children breaking in and vandalizing the main building to overgrown landscaping, one resident said she has had enough.

Evidence of disrepair can be seen from nearly every vantage point surrounding the former Riverside Hospital property.

Broken windows pepper the outside of the main building while wildly growing weeds, trees and shrubs seem to be trying to cover up obscenities drawn onto windows from within.

Wendy Pate lives near the blighted property. She said she's seen children throwing rocks at and breaking windows, weeds growing out of control and people breaking into the building.

On Monday, Pate took her complaints to the regularly scheduled Trenton City Council meeting where she told mayor and council members she was fed up with the blighted property and demanded something be done.

"Our property values have, obviously, dropped and I feel our area has, maybe, taken it harder because of being sandwiched between two blighted areas," Pate said.

Pate added the former McLouth Steel property is also responsible for reduced property values.

Mayor Kyle Stack told Pate Trenton officials are currently working with high-ranking officials from Henry Ford Health Systems to solve the problem.

The property was purchased about two years ago by Iqbal Nasir, chief of staff at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center, who planned to turn it into , but a .

Trenton City Administrator Jim Wagner told Pate representatives of Henry Ford Helath Systems and Nasir are set to meet at the regularly scheduled city council meeting July 2, and he anticipates a resolution to the restriction at that time.

"We beleive that we may have worked out some type of deed modification for Henry Ford (Health Systems) to offer Dr. Nasir," Wagner said. "Hopefully, on the July 2 meeting we'll have Henry Ford (Health Systems) and Dr. Nasir here before the honorable council and mayor to sign that deed modification and Dr. Nassir will go forward, and you'll see some progress."

Like many Trenton residents, Pate considers the property to be key in helping transform Trenton's downtown district.

Pate said efforts to secure the property and cut down overgrown vegetation have been ineffective in the past. She said she saw an elderly mad attepting to pull weeds by hand, but the effort was fruitless.

Stack said she is concerned about children breaking into the property.

"I'm really upset that the kids are going inside because they don't know how dangerous that is," Stack said. "We don't need any accidents happening."

Stack reassured Pate city officials are working on the issue and would keep her informed.

Pate said she plans to attended the next council meeting beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, July 2.

Nate Stemen (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Have you noticed the property getting worse? What's the most unsightly aspect of the former Riverside Hospital?
Don Huber June 19, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I still believe it would serve well as a satellite campus for one of our major universities/colleges.
Jennifer Blackledge Moberly June 19, 2012 at 07:19 PM
It's been NINE YEARS since it closed. Our neighborhood has nice houses and wonderful neighbors...and a decaying, abandoned hospital at the end of our block. What a lack of respect for the community on Henry Ford Health System's part. They've done nothing but obstruct any kind of progress from the beginning. Please let us know what we can do to help get rid of this public nuisance and eyesore.
Nate Stemen (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I will keep you updated on new information about the property.
Les June 20, 2012 at 01:42 PM
College campuses are NOT on the radar screen- haven't you noticed theflood of campuses along the northern I-275 corridor or in Oakland County - mainly Troy. It is a matter of demographics - just like no upscale shopping being available in the downriver area --- I am talking about Whole Foods, Von Maur, Trader Joe's, Parisian, or stores that people like other than Walmart, Home Depot, or a Meijers, or Lowes. Why are there NO good bookstores here either. Have you noticed that coffee shops avoid us like the plague?
sine-of-the-times June 20, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Thanks Nate, we must keep up the pressure.
JC June 22, 2012 at 01:01 AM
If this was a home of a private resident Trenton, the city would have levied a fine. Why not fine HFHS instead of charging fees at the transfer station? Can you also imagine the dust and debris from the site if they tear it down?
Dave (Bear) Huggins August 28, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Maybe Iqbal Nasir should pay someone to clean it up and keep it secured. Afterall he owns it. He can afford it. If he can not, then why did he buy it.
Web Spin September 09, 2012 at 04:05 PM
A year ago the city allowed the place to be fenced off like a prison compound. They naively believed Iqbal Nasir's story about needing it for the "imminent construction" about to begin. Any fool could see it was just a ploy and I even told several city officials that very thing as it was going up. Perhaps we need to start hiring fools and upgrade our city.

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