Reid Health acquires former Kmart property in Connersville
Jan. 26, 2021 -- Reid Health has acquired the former Kmart property in Connersville and has begun demolition of the building to remedy a long-standing eyesore until a new use for the site is identified.
The former Kmart at 2500 Park Road has been empty for more than a decade. Years of neglect left it in a total state of disrepair.
"The building is an eyesore and a hazard," said Jeff Cook, Director of Engineering and Environmental Services for Reid Health. "There is nothing salvageable in there."
The news that Reid bought the property with plans to tear down the building was welcomed by Brian Durham, Executive Director of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.
"I was fortunate -- or unfortunate -- to visit the building in 2017. The ceiling had collapsed, the walls were falling, what was left inside had molded and there was water all over the floor from busted pipes. It was a mess," he said.
"I am just glad that three years later one of the biggest community partners, Reid Health, is making the investment to clean up and remediate the property. The Chamber is committed to helping in any way that we can."
Although Reid has no definite plans for the location at this time, buying the site for future use is the latest sign that the health system's commitment to the community hasn't wavered since acquiring Fayette Regional Health System in 2019.
"From the beginning, we have emphasized how deeply committed we are to the Connersville area," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. "We will continue to assess additional and sustainable services we can provide to support the healthcare needs of the people we serve in the region."