The former Atlantic County jail in Mays Landing, which was built in 1964, started being demolished Wednesday.
The three-story building with a basement is made of reinforced concrete, brick and steel and is located at Farragut Avenue and Second Street, behind the historic county court complex that now houses several county offices.
The work should be completed by Feb. 9, said Linda Gilmore, public information officer of Atlantic County.
“Work should be contained and should not interfere with motor vehicle traffic or pedestrian movement, however, the public may notice some noise from construction activity,” Gilmore said.
The current Atlantic County jail opened in 1985 and replaced the 1964 facility. There are no plans for the area where the 1964 jail is being removed other than to provide additional parking spaces, Gilmore said.
The old jail is about 200 feet in length and at least 50 feet wide, said James DiNatale, whose company, Site Enterprises Inc., of Egg Harbor Township, placed the winning low bid at $842,000 to do the job.
DiNatale was told he had won the bid in August, but asbestos abatement had to be done to the property first, which his company also does.
An operator of a PC400 hydraulic excavator was at the site Wednesday using the machine to demolish parts of the building, DiNatale said.
The building will be torn down vertically and horizontally simultaneously, DiNatale said.
As the building is destroyed, the machine will separate the steel, which will be recycled, from the brick and concrete and from the construction debris, such as wood products and roofing materials, DiNatale said.