A Birmingham City councilwoman is pushing for the re-development of the old Carraway Hospital property in North Birmingham.
The hospital has been closed since 2008. Mildred Powe has lived in the Norwood community for 30 years and she even worked for a time at the hospital. Powe said the hospital is a problem for the area.
"It do look real bad, sitting up there. Carraway back in the 80's, 70's, 60's just to real alive up there. Old man Carraway kept it going," Powe said.
Parts of the Carraway campus are overgrown with vegetation. Councilwoman Maxine Parker is pushing a resolution to develop the area.
"I think it's a wonderful idea. Not only it would be a development for the Carraway site but it would be a development for the neighborhood," Parker said.
Parker would like to see a public safety building on the campus housing Birmingham's police and fire departments.
Monday the mayor express doubts about Parker's plan. Mayor William Bell favors putting a new police headquarters into the old Social Security building behind the BJCC.
"We've been working with a number of entities to look at Carraway and possible usages. I don't think what is being proposed is something doable," Bell said.
Still, Powe, like many in Norwood, would like to see the area re-developed to boost the community.
"I believe it will boost up the community to look real nice and I believe God will bless that," Powe said.
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