Demolition work to begin on medical arts building

BAYONNE – Demolition work will begin in about two weeks or so on the buildings that will be knocked down for the medical arts center to be constructed for the St. Barnabas Health Care System on the west side of Broadway between 23rd and 24th streets, an official said.
Preliminary work there has been ongoing since last month, according to spokesman Mark Rabson.
“We’ve been prepping the site over the last few weeks, since the beginning of January,” Rabson said. “At the end of February we’ll start actual demolition.”
Workers will proceed with the demolition one building at a time from the northern end of the site, at 24th Street, and work their way down toward 23rd Street.
Barney Stock Shops, at the corner of 23rd Street and Broadway, is not part of the project and will remain open.
When completed, the medical arts building will include an Emergency Services Department and imaging services on the first floor, Rabson said. On the second floor will be doctors and staff from United Medical Group, already located in Bayonne.
The demolition work is expected to conclude in April, and foundation work should begin soon after, in May or June.
It is anticipated the facility will open its doors in the spring or summer next year. When it does, more than 100 jobs should be created for city and area residents.
Rendina Healthcare Real Estate is involved with the project.

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