Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kings Park Psychiatric Center Cleanup Estimated At $215 Million

Kings Park Psychiatric CenterImage via WikipediaThe verdict is in on the Kings Park Psychiatric Center environmental cleanup.  The cleanup is estimated to cost $215 million.  Compared to original estimates from developers ten years ago of $60 million, that is nearly 4 times the original estimates.  Though we don't think the original estimates were accurate at all.  The current estimate, developed by Dvirka and Bartilucci an environmental engineering firm based in Woodbury, NY, and TRC Environmental, an environmental consultanting firm based in NYC, is probably closest to the mark because Dvirka and Bartilucci and TRC spent several months on the property performing a number of inspections and surveys to get as accurate a picture of the materials and the costs involved with this project. 
The $215 million price is for demolishing all 57 abandoned buildings on the property and returning the 368 acres to open space, said a statement from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, which commissioned the study by Dvirka & Bartilucci.  The bulk of the cost, about $186 million, pays for tearing down the buildings and cleaning up asbestos and other hazardous materials. Other costs include $26 million to demolish and remediate five miles of underground steam tunnels and $3.7 million to excavate materials dumped on the property over the years.  State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) had secured $29 million for park cleanup and agreed to spend $3.6 million for the environmental study.  He said the actual cost will be determined when the projects are put out for bid. 
In February 2009, after community groups clamored for some resolution of the property, then State Parks Commissioner Carol Ash ordered the demolition of 15 buildings deemed unsafe, which will cost $14 million. Requests for bids for that project will go out soon.  Once that happens and those bids come in we will get a better idea what it will actually cost.

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