GREEN BAY, Wis (WFRV)–Costs to demolish the old Brown County Mental Health facility will be much cheaper than county officials originally estimated

 “We were able to take the costs that were estimated at $2 million to demo this building down to $500,000,” said Troy Streckenbach, the Brown County Executive

To keep demolition costs down Public Works crews are sifting through the material looking for brick and concrete that will then be used for future road projects.

“We thought outside the box and came up with a great solution that will allow us to lower the cost of the tax payers for the demolition,” said Streckenbach

Now all that remains are crumbling walls and scraps of metal are all that remain from the old Mental Health Center in Green Bay.

“We’re done salvaging, recycling work, and spent 4 months stripping the building of all the building components and all materials out of the building,” said Doug Marsh, the Public Works Facility Engineer

The building has been vacant for nearly five years—but county officials debated whether it would be cheaper to rehab or destroy. Demolition would mean opportunities for new businesses.  

 Streckenbach said, “We have the opportunity to take a look at 200 acres of land that Brown County owns and really look at the ability to build this business.”

After the new Mental Health facility was built in 2009 down the road, it was costing the county $30,000

When the demolition is complete, a veterans housing complex will go up as well as a technology park.

“The technology park is going to grow and grow and provide job opportunities, said Brown County Board of Supervisors, Bernie Erickson.

The county hopes to bring other businesses to the site as well.