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State official to discuss ongoing demolition of Kings Park Psychiatric Center

One of the dilapidated buildings on the grounds

One of the dilapidated buildings on the grounds of the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center. (Nov. 10, 2011) (Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A high-ranking state parks official will discuss the ongoing demolition of Kings Park Psychiatric Center structures at Thursday night's meeting of the Kings Park Civic Association.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Kings Park High School, 200 Route 25A. It is open to the public.

Brian X. Foley, deputy regional director of the state parks office and a former Brookhaven Town supervisor, will update civic association members on the demolition of 19 buildings at the hospital site, now Nissequogue River State Park. The $6.4 million project began last month and is due for completion next spring.

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The hospital, which dates to 1885, closed in 1996 and has been state parkland since 1999. Future uses of the park are undetermined.

The civic group also will discuss the Town of Smithtown’s recent hiring of a consultant to study development issues in Kings Park’s industrial district, vacant homes known as the
“Hightower houses” on Route 25A, and the possible creation of a Kings Park Arts League.

The group will hear committee reports on education, library restoration, traffic, the farmers market and the Main Street concert series.

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