Pennsylvania may tear down Allentown state hospital

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 30, 2018 6:13 PM

A sign is posted near the former Harrisburg State Hospital, which now serves as government offices. The facility closed in 2006, and the state allocated funds to surrounding communities to be used for mental health services. Those funds have decreased in the years after its closure. (Brett Sholtis/Transforming Health)

(Allentown) -- The agency in charge of Pennsylvania government buildings is looking for bids to demolish a vacant state hospital where director M. Night Shyamalan recently shot his next movie.

The Department of General Services on Friday said tearing down the Allentown State Hospital campus will save more than $2 million in annual costs.

The goal is to return the 195 acres to green space in order to make it easier to sell.

The 1912-era campus' 35 structures have been empty since the Human Services Department closed it eight years ago.

General Services says many of the buildings are functionally obsolete.

Officials say the project will include removing historic items and documentation of the property's history.

Shyamalan used the property for "Glass," a superhero thriller slated for release early next year.

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