City to demolish former HAPCO Auto Parts building

727-729 Main Street was site of recent gas leak

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield will be knocking down a former auto parts store that has been vacant for many years, and was the site of a recent gas leak.

On Monday, city officials will be formally announcing the demolition of the former HAPCO Auto Parts building at 727-729 Main Street in the South End. The boarded-up property is tax-foreclosed and currently owned by the City. It was damaged in the June 1, 2011 tornado, and was further damaged when a car struck its front foundation.

According to a news release sent to 22News by Jim Leydon, spokesperson for Mayor Sarno, the city had tried to sell the property, but none of the proposals they received were considered feasible for development.

Associated Building Wreckers are dealing with asbestos and working on demolishing the building, at a cost of a little more than $40,000.

The building was the site of a gas leak on Monday, which caused the evacuation of about 100 people in the immediate area. Dennis Leger, aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, told 22News that crews from Baystate Contracting Services LLC. were working inside the building, when they hit a gas line. Columbia Gas crews repaired the leak, and residents and area business owners were allowed to return to their buildings a couple hours later.

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