- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) - Demolition work has started at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Morris County.

A section of the roof was removed on Monday.

The hospital in Parsippany was state-of-the-art in the late 19th century. But it was ordered closed by then-Gov. Christie Whitman due to dwindling numbers of patients and incidents of on-campus assaults and escapes.

Members of the nonprofit group Preserve Greystone want to halt the work.

Preserve Greystone trustee Adam McGovern tells the Daily Record of Parsippany (http://dailyre.co/1FAO4sP ) he sent an email to supporters to encourage them to attend Wednesday’s Morris County freeholder board meeting. The group plans to present a petition supporting preservation.

The county will receive 165 acres of the site for open space use once demolition is complete.

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Information from: Daily Record (Parsippany, N.J.), http://www.dailyrecord.com

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