Press Release, Contact: Jim Leydon, Communications Director
846 & 876 Bay Street Set for Demolition
Who: Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, City of Springfield Housing Officials
What: Announcing the Demolition and Clean-up of 846 & 876 Bay Street
When: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: 846 Bay Street, Formerly Roy’s Towing, Springfield, MA 01109
August 19, 2015 –Springfield, MA– Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and City of Springfield Housing Community Development Officials will be announcing the demolition of the long blighted, abandoned buildings at 846 Bay Street and 876 Bay Street.
“These buildings have been abandoned and blighted for a significant amount of time, demolition has been a priority of the residents of the Bay neighborhood and is both a part of the City’s city-wide blight reduction strategy” stated Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.
Both properties are City owned, tax foreclosed, properties. The properties have been an eyesore in the neighborhood for several years. The property at 876 Bay Street was the former Roy’s Towing and Used Auto Parts business; this will include the demolition of a single structure on the property. 846 Bay Street was the former Cohen Brothers metal recycling and scrap yard, and will include demolition of multiple structures on the site. The City has previously tried to sell the property through the Request for Proposal process, but the proposals have not been deemed feasible due to environmental contamination on the sites. The City has been continuously working towards cleaning up both properties and has previously done hazardous material removal at the sites and demolition of the vacant buildings is the next step. Work at the sites includes asbestos abatement and demolition down to the slab. The City will also be conducting a Phase II environmental assessment at 876 Bay Street.
Asbestos abatement and demolition are being completed by Associated Building Wreckers of Springfield. The total cost of asbestos abatement and demolition for both properties will be $183,000. Cardno/ATC of West Springfield is providing environmental oversight of the project.