TRENTON – The state unveiled plans today to convert the disused Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital facility into open space and recreational land.
Acting Governor Kim Guadagno and other state officials announced that the hospital, closed in 1998, will be redesigned over a two-year period.
Guadagno, Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said that the plan is to demolish buildings, environmentally remediate the property, and transfer oversight of the 144-acre site to the Monmouth County park system
The $27 million project will involve local governments and be financed via bonds through the state Economic Development Authority.
“We can no longer allow public assets like Marlboro and Greystone to remain frozen in time, decaying slowly while their potential for other positive public uses goes unrealized. Instead we must finish the job of turning them back into sites that can be used and enjoyed by the public,” Sidamon-Eristoff said.
Earlier this month, the state announced plans to turn the old Greystone Psychiatric Hospital site in Morris Plains into open space and parkland.
“This site, which sat dormant for so many years, will soon be a park for the Monmouth community and its visitors,” Guadagno said. “As a resident of Monmouth, I know that this will be an important asset to our community for years to come.”