State mandates that JCF building must be replaced

District opts for $55,000 feasibility study

When John C. Fremont Hospital was built in 1951, it wasn’t earthquakes that scared people. It was nuclear bombs. “They built this hospital like a bomb shelter,” said Lorna Coci, public relations coordinator for John D. Fremont Heathcare District. Despite how well the building may have been constructed, a safety act passed after the 1971 Sylmar earthquake mandates that all hospitals in California must be either retrofitted or be replaced with new construction by the year 2030. Because of the age...

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