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NEWPORT NEWS (AP) -- The owner of the former Whittaker Memorial Hospital is hoping to renovate the building and transform it into apartments for disabled veterans.

The nonprofit Key Components wants to invest $9 million to transform the abandoned building into the Whittaker Heritage Veterans Facility, and is seeking a developer to sign on to the project. Executive director Delphine White says the new building would offer more than 50 units for veterans, and also could offer apartments to the general public.

The building was the city's first hospital for black patients. The hospital closed in 1985, and the building then housed a social-services agency and the local Salvation Army. The building was condemned in 2002.

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