From The Daily Record.
It's a neat area, already home to the new Central Park of Morris County. This, obviously, would become an extension of that.
facility has been, unfortunately, an eyesore in this area, the way it’s
been maintained and treated over time by the state,” Christie said at
Central Park of Morris County, property that was once part of Greystone,
a psychiatric facility shuttered in 2008.
said the $27 million project preserving 165 acres would be financed in
partnership with local governments, New Jersey Economic Development
Authority bonds and open space funding.
While the state would own the site, the Morris County Park Commission would oversee it.
The governor said the first step will be to conduct an environmental assessment of the land before any remediation is done.
noted the historic nature of Greystone, including the looming Kirkbride
Building and said that building will be assessed to see if it has any
a few years after the Civil War by Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan,
the former hospital is a French Renaissance Second Empire-style
building that features marble pillars, a rotunda and a chapel. Upon its
completion, it was christened in 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant. The
neo-Gothic building was the largest poured-concrete structure in the
U.S. before the Pentagon was built. At one point, it housed as many as
structure was turned over to the state Treasury Department after a new
Greystone hospital opened in Parsippany in 2008 and the remaining
patients — less than 500 — were transferred to the new facility.
Environmental assessment work is expected to be completed in 2012, while the demolition and remediation could occur in 2013.
Christie’s pledge to tear down existing, vacant buildings, remediating
the land and converting it to open space, Jeff Tittel, director of the
New Jersey Sierra Club, took aim at the plan.
day after revealing his plan to undermine public access to state parks
through privatization, Governor Christie looked for green cover by
announcing the grounds of Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in
Parsippany would be preserved as open space,” Tittel said in a
statement. “Open space funding is down under Governor Christie and his
administration has been implementing policies that weaken protections
for our public lands and limit public access such as the DEP beach
was joined Thursday by Bob Martin, commissioner of the state Department
of Environmental Protection, and state Treasurer Andrew P.