HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) –Holyoke Mayor Chief of Staff Rory Casey told 22News that in the past week, a lot of progress has been made on the demolition of the old Essex House building.
The building is now demolished to the bottom two floors. Casey said the building department and fire department met with a contractor on Tuesday and after a meeting Wednesday morning, they’ll announce when neighbors can move back into their homes and businesses.
They’ll also announce when the only remaining road closure, High Street between Essex and Appleton Streets, will reopen. Casey said they may have to first open just one lane of High Street.
The Essex House was attached to two buildings, so crews are now doing the careful work of removing the remaining pieces there. Casey said larger pieces of equipment aren’t needed anymore and will be removed shortly. Within the next two to four weeks, crews are expected to level the building and clean up any debris remaining.
Casey added that this spot on High Street is in the middle of the urban renewal zone, and the City will carefully decide what will be the best use of this space in the future.