- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Groundbreaking is scheduled to begin on a new park and two schools at the site of a former state-run facility once referred to as “The Great Asylum for the Insane.”

KNTV (https://bit.ly/2f7TY10 ) reports that work is starting Wednesday at the now-defunct Agnews Developmental Center in San Jose, which first opened in 1888 and closed in 2009.

The city of San Jose and the Santa Clara Unified School District bought the site two years ago for $76 million.

School district spokeswoman Jennifer Dericco said that an elementary, middle and high school are expected to open in 2019.

During its storied past, the center had different names and experienced a variety of controversy. In 1999 the Department of Health documented many examples of residents hurting themselves and unsanitary conditions.

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Information from: KNTV-TV.


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