May 3, 2021
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Demolition recently started on the old New Jersey Department of Health and NJ Department of Agriculture Buildings and a piece of Trenton history will soon be gone. According to Preservation New Jersey the buildings were built in 1962 – 1963 and designed by Alfred Clauss and Jane West Clauss, husband and wife architects. There are two pre-cast concrete buildings, one cylindrical and one cubed, connected by steel-and-glass pedestrian sky bridges.
The round building contained labs and also had a greenhouse for the NJ Department of Agriculture.
MidJersey.news received a complaint to investigate asbestos at the demolition site but the same complainant reported that the asbestos at the site was abated (removed) prior to the start of demolition.
Preservation New Jersey tried to get the The New Jersey Economic Development Authority to not demolish the buildings but had no luck in changing their mind.
Sources have told MidJersey.news that the site will be used for future redevelopment and/or parking.