Oceanside, NY, January 30, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- As part of the ongoing effort by South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH) to restore medical services to the Long Beach community, a request for proposals and an application for the demolition of the Central, Founders, and East building of the former Long Beach Medical Center was recently filed by SNCH..
The demolition, slated for the spring, includes four hospital-owned properties located near the former medical center’s campus at 405, 416, 420, 426, and 430 East Bay Blvd..
The structures have been abandoned and in decay since being severely damaged during Superstorm Sandy. This past fall it was determined, with approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), that the Central, Founders and East buildings should be demolished as the cost of repairs necessary to bring them into code compliance was cost prohibitive. The structures are part of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s acquisition of the former Long Beach Medical Center’s assets, which included land, buildings and equipment. SNCH formally acquired the properties in October of last year.
Demolition of the structures is tentatively scheduled to begin in the spring, pending Congressional approval of FEMA funding. The demolition will be preceded by an abatement of each structure to completely remove all asbestos containing materials such as exterior siding, roof shingles, tar paper, pipe wrap and interior floor tiles. The abatement will be approved by the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) and, as required by the DOL, air monitoring will be performed by a third party company.
The former Long Beach Medical Center buildings have been cleared of all equipment and furniture and the exterior has been secured to guard against unauthorized access. (intruders). Later this month, temporary power and light are scheduled to be turned off. SNCH is working with the City of Long Beach to provide additional exterior lighting for safety. In addition, a portion of E. Bay Street will be closed to vehicular traffic as part of the demolition plan.
As mandated by the City of Long Beach noise ordinance, the demolition work will begin no earlier than 8AM each day, with work occurring from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.
The demolition is a continuation of South Nassau’s ongoing work to effect positive change on the Long Beach campus as it prepares to build a patient-centered, high-quality healthcare delivery system that restores vital healthcare services to the residents of Long Beach and surrounding communities.
For more information, call Damian Becker, South Nassau Communities Hospital’s External Affairs Office, at (516) 377-5370.