The privately-owned property, which was purchased in 2010 for $250,000 from the Palm Beach County Health Care District, is on 14-acres at 1201 S. Main St. in Belle Glade.
Glades General Hospital was closed in the fall of 2009 when the new Lakeside Medical Center opened for business.
When Glades General was first purchased by the Miami development firm of Castello Brothers, it was thought the property would be used for migrant housing. The Castello Brothers had previously done another project in the Glades, called Belle Glade Gardens.
Brenda Bunting, executive director of the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce, said city officials are interested in the prospect of an assisted living facility or nursing school moving into the hospital property. Although landscapers maintain the grounds, she said the building is suffering some from neglect.
“We are excited at the thoughts that this facility might be sold and refurbished and then back on the tax rolls as a viable site,” Bunting said. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed and hope it’s a good sale and something good for the community.”
The property is now vacant and is listed for sale at $7 million. The 92,095 square-foot hospital has an annual leasing price of $5 per square-foot.
A total market value of $4.8 million in 2012 is listed by the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser.
Keyes Company Realtors Angel Alvarez and David Joseph are the listing agents. Alvarez said they have received several calls from interested buyers.
“Our goal is to have someone occupying the property and creating jobs,” Alvarez said.
The hospital was a 74-bed acute care hospital. It has several buildings, including the main complex, which was built in 1964. An emergency room area was built in 1983 with an operating room update completed in 2000.
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