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make a summary about this short article and also how it affects me economically as a citizen of Allentown Petition Save Allentown State Hospital PETITION City resident has 1400 signatures so far

make a summary about this short article and also how it affects me economically as a citizen of Allentown ? Petition: Save Allentown State Hospital PETITION City resident has 1,400 signatures so far. State lawmakers say facility can not be restored. The Allentown State Hospital was closed in 2010 and has cost taxpayers $ 2.2 million annually in maintenance. (MORNING CALL FILE PHOTO) By Kayla Dwyer Of The Morning Call More than 1,400 people have signed a petition asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to preserve the Allentown State Hospital, which the state plans to demolish this year. The century-old hospital closed in 2010 and has cost taxpayers $ 2.2 million annually in maintenance on the 28 buildings and nearly 200 acres of land. But preservationists cite its historic value, architectural beauty and potential for repurposing in an effort to save the property from to $ 15 million demolition. "It is important to save the history that we have, rather than to demolish and build on it when it could be saved and repurposed," the petition states. "These beautiful and historic buildings are still in the community which is originally built for, but now in a different way." Allentown resident Brooke Kemler, a volunteer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Valley Against Sex Trafficking, started the petition over the weekend with the goal of 1,500 signatures. At the current rate, she said, she hopes to collect 10,000 signatures and mail the petition to lawmakers on Saturday. "I thought, 'I'm nobody - I'm 25, nobody cares what I think, nobody cares about the hospital,'" said Kemler, who is working on a book of photography and history of asylums in the United States. "But if it gets demolished and I do nothing about it, I'll never forgive myself." Republican state Sen. Pat Browne of Allentown, Democratic State Sen. Lisa Boscola of Bethlehem, and Democratic state Reps. Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg and Jeanne McNeill are addressed as recipients of the petition. The Pennsylvania Department of General Services announced the demolition plans in November , saying the state had started the bidding process with the goal of selling the property to TCA Properties of Doylestown. The Allentown Preservation League toured the hospital buildings Friday in search of artifacts to mark for preservation in the state archives. The state had mentioned a plan to document and save historic items prior to demolition when it was announced last year. However, the process does not include the saving of architectural features, the APL wrote on its Facebook page after posting photos from the tour.

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