“By demolishing the structures on the Philipsburg State Hospital campus and returning the land to green space, we intend to make the property more attractive and marketable to real estate developers,” Phillips said. “We have been working across several state agencies to determine the best way to protect the interests of the local community while at the same time deciding how best to get this property back onto the local tax rolls where it can contribute to the local economy.”
The nearly $2.5 million contract was awarded to Phase One Development, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and is currently in the design and permitting phase. Physical work on site is expected to begin in late fall 2014 and be completed by spring 2015.
Secretary Phillips emphasized that her agency work closely with the Pennsylvania departments of Public Welfare, Community and Economic Development, Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission to ensure that potential hazards are mitigated, to encourage the future development of the site and to preserve its historical significance.
The demolition will also reduce the $250,000 being spent each year by DPW to secure and maintain the campus.
PA Dept. of General Services
The project, DGS 537-12 Phase I Former Philipsburg Area Hospital, covers the demolition of all vertical structures at the former Philipsburg State General Hospital, including hazardous material abatement, general demolition and all site work.
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