Henryton demolition approved

The Board of Public Works gave the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene the green light Wednesday to move forward with the emergency demolition of 18 vacant buildings at the Henryton State Hospital Center in Carroll County.

The center, which opened in 1922 to serve African-Americans with tuberculosis, has been closed since 1985, and there have been reports of vandalism and fires at the site. The state fire marshal had expressed concern that the vacant buildings pose a safety hazard — especially to firefighters.

During the past decade, police and firefighters have been called to the Henryton campus more than 70 times, most recently for a fire in March.

The board approved the demolition of the buildingswith no debate or dissent.

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