*** FIRST PHASE OF BUILDING DEMOLITION ACTIVITIES (“FAST-TRACK BUILDING DEMOLITION CONTRACT”) IS NOW CONSIDERED COMPLETE AND READY FOR USE. SECOND PHASE OF BUILDING DEMOLITION ACTIVITIES CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING STAGES ***

Historically, the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center encompassed over 500 acres and served as a mental health facility from the time it was first developed in approximately 1885 until its closure in 1996. Based on information provided from historical accounts, the facility included patient facilities, staff facilities (housing and recreation), shops, laundry facilities, power plant (steam and electricity generation), water supply wells, orchards, farmland, dairy farm, piggery, maintenance garages, hospitals, morgues, greenhouses, bakery and an ice house.

The former facility has a campus-like character and is a mixture of landscaped lawn areas, open meadows, mature woods and developed areas. The developed areas consist of over 60 abandoned buildings/structures containing approximately 2,400,000 square feet of enclosed space that are surrounded by paved parking lots, a roadway system, open grass areas, wooded areas and landscaping. In addition, approximately 5 miles of steam tunnels are located in this portion of the facility that contain steam pipes and condensate return lines and connect the steam plant to each of the on-site buildings and structures.

In March 2012, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) entered into an agreement with a remedial contractor to demolish a select group of building/structures which have been otherwise compromised since the facility closure in 1996. The scope of work to be completed as part of this agreement includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the demolition of 19 buildings/structures along with associated underground tunnels, roadways and walkways; abatement of identified hazardous materials (i.e., asbestos containing materials, lead-based paint, polychlorinated biphenyl caulk); transporting and disposing demolition debris off-site; backfilling of open excavations with approved fill materials; and final site restoration. This phase of demolition activities was completed in the summer of 2013.

Provided below is a site plan depicting the approximate locations of the buildings/ structures that make up the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center:

Project Updates

  • OPRHP held a meeting with project stakeholders on Monday October 6, 2014 to review proposed "Phase II Demolition Project." Click here for a copy of the presentation from this meeting.