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Cobleskill nursing home demolition to commence

Cobleskill nursing home demolition to commence

The former Eden Park Nursing Home will soon be reduced to a patch of grass.

The former Eden Park Nursing Home will soon be reduced to a patch of grass.

Cobleskill Regional Hospital on Tuesday announced that a four-month project to remove the building will begin this week with the site being fenced off.

Though hospital officials eyed the parcel adjacent to the hospital as a potential site for a new nursing home, a proposed $24.6 million project never got off the ground.

The hospital sought $10 million in state grant funding to support the construction but learned earlier this year that the application wasn’t approved.

Since the hospital purchased the building in 2007, it’s cost between $30,000 and $60,000 a year to maintain it, and hospital CEO Eric Stein said it’s been of little use.

The hospital uses the building for storage and, on occasion, for meetings.

A variety of issues make repairing the building too costly, Stein said. For starters, the circa-1960s building would need a sprinkler system installed before it could be put back in service.

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is antiquated, and even hooking up computer systems between the buildings would be costly, he said.

Neighbors of the building, located on Parkway Drive adjacent to the hospital, have been notified about the upcoming project, Stein said.

The work won’t include cranes, explosives or wrecking balls; contractors will pick it apart in pieces, and work will take place on weekdays during the daylight hours, according to the hospital.

Water will be sprayed on the work areas to minimize dust.

The hospital, affiliated with Basset Healthcare, paid $800,000 for the former 125-bed nursing home building. It will cost another $800,000 to tear it down.

Once the monthlong project is complete, the site will be seeded so grass can grow there next spring.

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