Psych Center Demo Set to Begin

Project will begin July 1.


The long awaited demolition project slated for the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center property is set to begin on July 1.

The work, which was originally scheduled to begin mid-May, will be done by National Salvage and Service Corp., who was awarded a $6.4 million contract for the project.

Officials for the project said, at a meeting held last week with town and local representatives, their goal is to provide as little disruption to the park and local area as possible.

“The goal is to have things operating as normal but not interfere with the process” said New York State Parks Director, Ron Foley, who also said that Kings Park Boulevard and Nissequogue River State Park would remain open and close only if deemed necessary.

The low bid for the project will allow for a total of 19 buildings to be taken down, Foley said following the meeting. A PDF with information on the project can be found in the photo gallery of this article.

High tech monitoring equipment will be used to regulate air quality levels as well as noise levels and a meteorological station will be set up to monitor wind speeds.

Frank Dvirka of Dvirka and Bartilucci, consulting firm for the project, said monitoring boxes would be stationed around the buildings undergoing demolition.

“There will be four stations on the north, south, east and west sides of the building which will monitor dust, volume, organic material and noise,” said  Dvirka “ The monitoring stations will electronically transmit data to a data base."

"If there is an exceeding of threshold for 15 minutes we will stop and figure out a solution,” he said.

A small viewing area will be set up for the public during the demolition of the smokestack, which will now be done by implosion. Dynamite will be used for the blast, which is expected to last about 5 seconds. Special fencing will be set up to contain the debris and Old Dock Road will close for some time during the implosion.

“It is quicker, dust free and easier,” said Foley.

Security, in addition to regular park police, will be on site throughout the demolition process, said Victoria Schopp, president of National Salvage and Service Corporation and added that buildings that are being taken down will be surrounded by construction fence.

"For the most part, the roadways will stay open," said Schopp. "We don't expect a lot of disruption. Hopefully the community won't notice us," she said.

A website, kppccleanup.com, is in the works to keep the public informed with updates on demolition schedules and information and will be run by the parks department. According to officials, the project is expected to be completed in 8 months, though contractual deadlines allow until August of 2013 for the project to be completed.


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John Brian Silverio June 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM
When is the demolition of the smokestack? The didn't give a date and time. The website kppccleanup.com doesn't work. "We don't expect a lot of disruption. Hopefully the community won't notice us" - I'll definitely notice the absence of the buildings. I know it is for the good of the community but I feel nostalgic. :)
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 01:02 PM
You are right Brian. I spoke with Ron Foley yesterday who said he would get back to us on when the site will be up and running. The demo date on the smokestack hasn't been determined, but I was told those dates and others will be on the website. Thanks for sharing your sentiments too.
John Brian Silverio June 22, 2012 at 01:04 PM
As a local and photographer, I need to document the demo of the smokestack. Thank you for keeping us informed, Jennifer.
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Always enjoy your pictures John and we would be happy to post them and anyone else who is capturing the final days for some of these buildings.
John Brian Silverio June 22, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Thanks, call me Brian. hehe! I will definitely share the photos.
George June 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM
After SO MUCH talk it is refreshing that something is actually going to be done starting in a few days!
Stephanie June 29, 2012 at 11:07 PM
ohh noo I would love to get down there and take pics for my photography before they destroy it anyone know if I can get in there to take pics anymore? any information anyone has on gaining access to the park grounds to take pics please email me mosa77@optonline.net also please email me the date time and location of the demo of the smoke stacks when it is known please thanks in advance
Amy July 02, 2012 at 04:08 AM
It's July 1st. The kppccleanup.com website still has nothing on it. The PDF is part of a slideshow and not downloadable (or even really all that viewable). I was down in the area today and there's no signs, no caution tape, nothing marked, as if nothing at all is happening. Can we get an update on what's going on?? I, for one, would have liked to see some of these historical buildings cleaned up and reused, and hate that they are being destroyed, but it would be nice if there was some useful information on the demo process. Air quality should be TOP PRIORITY for the residents in the area, and asbestos isn't the only concern... Poison Ivy can become airborne and the place has become absolutely infested with it. Up-to-date INFO, as promised, would be nice!
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) July 02, 2012 at 02:58 PM
We spoke with the parks department this morning who said that the site is on the way and they were reviewing the final version. They did not have a date for it, but said that they were hoping to have it up soon.
Amy July 02, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Thanks for the update... would love to see more detail when it's available, and actual specifics. Seems this hasn't panned out for them as planned so far...


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