A dollar doesn't sound so cheap if it would cost $250,000 to move it, which is what I take the article to be saying.
The code excuse sounds to me like "it would cost a million dollars to turn a historic house into a modern commercial building." Which I'm sure it would. I'll need more convincing to believe that they actually would be required to do that.
Don't get me started on "more parking or an addition." Which means "um, for something, at some point, maybe, if we need it."
I hate to say it, but if the hospital was using it as office space, there's a chance the dear creature wasn't worth keeping. I've seen inside two mansions-turned-offices here, and both were totally obliterated. Nothing worth saving.
Also: Colonial Revival? Really?
So many bad features of this.
The Thaddeus W. Bayless House
Built between July 1863 and January 1865, major add/reno between 1890 and 1902
Style = Mutt