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Developer determined to find use of old hospital

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HALSTEAD, Kan. (AP) - A developer who has owned the vacant Halstead Hospital and Hertzler Clinic for eight years says he's still determined to find a use for it.

The 265,000-square-foot complex has sat nearly empty in the center of Halstead since it closed in 2002. Since he bought it 2006, Azzy Reckess has been working to find a tenant. Currently, only a call center employing 70 people uses the building.

Reckess, president of PAZ Health Care Management in Poughkeepsie, New York, says changes in state and federal health care system regulations hurt his efforts to find more tenants.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1mNJj8u ) that another obstacle is the $440,000 in back taxes Reckess owes.

Reckess recently brought in medical real estate redeveloper Cindy Ogden to find a way to reopen the building.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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