Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and City of Springfield Community Development Officials announced the demolition of the structurally unsound property at 43-45 Berkeley Street.
“This is one more step in our efforts in neighborhood revitalization and a continuance of our fight against blight throughout the City of Springfield,” stated Mayor Sarno.
43-45 Berkeley Street has been declared structurally unsound and a threat to public safety by the Building Department. The City sought and was granted Court Order to demolish by the Western Division Housing Court. This property is being demolished with City of Springfield Demolition Bond funding. The City anticipates placing a lien on the property for all costs associated with demolition.
Due to the severe deterioration of the structure, traditional pre-demolition asbestos and hazardous material abatement cannot be performed. Therefore, the City received approval from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the entire building to be demolished and disposed of as asbestos contaminated waste. The City will have environmental monitors on-site for the duration of the demolition and removal of waste. Additionally, due to the non-traditional abatement, demolition will take place Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., prior to the on-site press conference.
Asbestos abatement and demolition is being completed by Associated Building Wreckers of Springfield. The total cost of asbestos abatement and demolition is $58,450.00.
Environmental oversight of the projects is being performed by ATC of West Springfield.