PHILIPSBURG - A contract has been awarded to an Allegheny County firm to demolish the former Philipsburg State Hospital campus in Centre County and return the land to green space.
"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," said Department of General Services Secretary Sheri Phillips in a statement.
The nearly $2.5 million contract was awarded to Phase One Development of Pittsburgh and is currently in the design and permitting phase.
Physical work on site is expected to begin in late fall and be completed by spring 2015.
Phillips said her agency will work closely with the Pennsylvania departments of Public Welfare, Community and Economic Development, Environ-
mental 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.
The state ran the hospital until 1991, when it was closed.
A community group reopened the hospital and renamed it Philipsburg Area Hospital, but it closed in April 2006, according to information on asylum
The project covers the demolition of all vertical structures at the former Philipsburg State General Hospital, including hazardous material abatement, general demolition and all site work.