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Kings Park Psychiatric Center demolition set
Demolition of 15 abandoned buildings at the old Kings Park Psychiatric Center is set to begin on Aug. 13.
The first structure to come down will be a crumbling kitchen and dining facility known as Building 123, state parks officials said. The tearing-down is open to the public.
Building 123 is just north of the entrance to Nissequogue River State Park, at the intersection of St. Johnland Road and Kings Park Boulevard. The demolition is expected to take place rain or shine.
The $6.4-million effort to raze Building 123 and 14 other structures is expected to be completed next spring. State parks officials have said demolition crews will take precautions to prevent dust and debris from polluting the park and neighboring properties.
The century-old psychiatric hospital closed in 1996 as authorities shifted patients to other facilities. The 521-acre site is now state parkland.
Future development of the park is on hold until dozens of dilapidated buildings are torn down or rehabilitated.
Demolition updates can be found on a state parks office website, www.kppccleanup.com.
Above: Building 123 sits abandoned with its roof collapsing just off Kings Park Boulevard. (March 9, 2012)