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Greystone Demolition Could Begin Before End of 2014

Bids being garnered by state through end of summer, report says.

Kirkbride Building at Greystone Psychiatric Hospital. Patch File Photo
Kirkbride Building at Greystone Psychiatric Hospital. Patch File Photo

The State Treasury Department is currently accepting bids to demolish and bring down the famous Kirkbride Building at the former site of Greystone Psychiatric Hospital, and hopes the work will begin before the end of the year.

According to nj.com, the project consists of tearing down the Kirkbride Building along with 60 other former hospital structures on the property, as well as removing hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint from the area.

Since Governor Chris Christie announced plans to replace the closed facility, which shuttered in 2008, and announced a 165-acre park would be created, a campaign to preserve the century-old landmark was mounted.

The Preserve Greystone organization created a documentary and six proposals from various investors were presented to keep the buildings standing. None of them were “economically viable,” the state said in the nj.com report.

The cost to demolish the buildings has been estimated at $50 million.

Lothar Jones July 11, 2014 at 11:12 PM
It's good to see the state making the correct decision here. Preserving Greystone is folly that would cost the taxpayers 100s of millions of dollars. I'll be glad to see this evil monument to torture and death finally turned into parkland for all to enjoy. Here's some interesting reading about a Greystone-type facility in Oregon: http://news.yahoo.com/oregon-mental-hospital-honor-forgotten-souls-144556670.html;_ylt=A0LEVzXFpMBTR10AP4RXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTByb2h1ajk3BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDOARjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw--
Brian Sniatkowski July 12, 2014 at 08:01 AM
it's a shame they cannot find a way to keep this piece of history and beautiful architecture

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