It will be at least another month before the Danville Architectural Review Board decides whether to allow Ephraim McDowell Health to tear down the former Advocate-Messenger building to make room for a helipad.
On Wednesday, the board tabled a decision on the hospital's request to raze the vacant building near the corner of Fourth and Walnut streets. In the meantime, the hospital will study the possibility of removing only the newer, rear portion of the building.
McDowell obtained a permit to demolish the building on the same day that Danville City Commission approved an expansion of the downtown historic district to include much of McDowell's property.
On Wednesday, McDowell CEO Clark Taylor said the hospital will use space created by removing the building for parking before eventually adding a helipad and expanding the emergency department.