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June 22nd, 2010

Greystone One Step Closer to Preservation

Greystone Park Kirkbride Building
The Greystone Park Kirkbride building‘s future just got a little brighter. A special task force charged with developing a preservation plan for the building was just established by a bill that passed New Jersey’s state senate by a vote of 38 to 0 yesterday! The bill was sponsored by New Jersey state senator Bill Codey. The eleven member task force will be comprised of state employees and politicians, plus five members of the general public including “a former patient or family member of a former patient at the original Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital.” The task force will submit their plan within six months after their first meeting. Read more: Codey Measure to Preserve Greystone Park Approved.

This doesn’t mean preservation is guaranteed for the building, but it makes it much more likely. I’m especially pleased to see the unanimous vote which indicates there’s a lot of support for saving this historic structure. Hopefully within a year (or even less) the task force will have created a solid preservation plan and Greystone’s outlook will look even better.

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Discussion

  1. Duffy June 22, 2010, 12:25 pm

    This is great news!!

  2. M-Explorer June 23, 2010, 8:54 am

    I hope that this turns out to be similar to Traverse City State Hospital and Buffalo State Hospital. The structure is too grand to be torn down and well worth the time and money to preserve and reuse.

  3. WSH June 23, 2010, 2:26 pm

    I too am pleased with the vote. It shows that everyone pretty much agrees that the place needs to be saved.

  4. Vanessa July 18, 2010, 9:10 pm

    My grandmothers mother was in Greystone sometime in the 20s or 30s. My Grandmother was adopted by some family friends, and has recollection of going to Greystone, but doesn’t know about her mother.

    How can I get more information about her biological mother that stayed at Greystone?

  5. Zigmont Ulinski October 4, 2010, 10:06 pm

    Are any records of patients that pased away while at greystone available ?

  6. jude October 7, 2010, 6:50 pm

    My mother was a patient at greystone in dec.14th 1960 for two years,can I find out why she was there and who committed her for 2 years..what the diagnosis was,who signed her out? what the prognosis was at that time,she has been dead for 26 years. please answer.

  7. Michael January 20, 2011, 3:32 pm

    My mother was there in the 1960s. She just passed away at the age of 75. I would like to know how I can get information on the hospital. Are there any former employees available to talk to? Please contact at miketez@aol.com

  8. Maryanna February 19, 2011, 7:02 pm

    My grandfather was in Greystone for many years. I would like to find out as much as I can about him as my family never talked of him. We have some mental issues in our current family and I am trying to trace any information on past members. Everyone in his generation is gone and this is the only place I know he was in until he passed. I had visited him there once right before he died.
    Is there any way I can obtain information on him. Thank you

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