Vandal-damaged Guilford-owned building set for demolition

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Guilford County is soliciting bids to tear down the former Evergreens Senior Healthcare System building in High Point. The county has owned the building since the 1970s. Photo taken on Friday, December 26, 2014, in High Point, N.C. (JOSEPH RODRIGUEZ/News & Record)

HIGH POINT, N.C. — A county building — which officials previously had hoped to sell for a profit — may be demolished because it has been too badly ravaged by vandals, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Guilford County is soliciting bids to tear down the former Evergreens Senior Healthcare System building in High Point.

Thieves stole all the copper plumbing from the vacant building in 2012. The damage was so severe, county officials said it would cost more than $1 million to repair.

They said that price is too high to pay for a nearly 40-year-old property.

But the incident raises questions about the quality of care that Guilford County is giving to its surplus property.

“I think we all hope that was an isolated case,” Hank Henning, the chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, said of the Evergreens building. “Apparently we’ve been trying to sell it for a long time. Because of its location, there were never any takers on it.

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