Hudson Valley Demolition Alert
February 19, 2018
Demolition is underway on more than 30 buildings
at the Rockland State Hospital (Rockland Psychiatric Center) property in
Orangeburg. In 2017 the Town of Orangetown sold 61 acres to JP Morgan
Chase which will construct a 150,000 square-foot data center on the site.
The 60 acres are a portion of the 348 acres acquired by the Town of
Orangetown from New York State in 2002, out of the total 550 acres that
comprised the extent of the hospital grounds. Construction of the hospital
buildings began c. 1927 and continued through the 1930s. Rockland
Psychiatric Center continues to operate inpatient and outpatient services
in more-modern facilities the state-owned portion of the property.
The Church of St. John the Evangelist in Stockport is being dismantled. The church building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is thought to be the oldest Episcopal Church building in Columbia County. The wooden church was built c. 1846, according to its National Register form, and closed in 2014. The Episcopal Church sold the church building - but not the land it stands on - to a "private company" in 2017. It is reported that the church will be rebuilt elsewhere but a newspaper article does not identify the new owner nor specific plans for the rebuilding of the church. On December 21, 2017, the Town of Stockport posted a stop-work order on the church, stating that no demolition permits were pulled for this project.