Demolition of Holyoke Armory has begun for safety

On Tuesday morning a demolition crew was brought in to stabilize the building.

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Monday night, a portion of the old Holyoke Armory collapsed. Barriers were set up around the property to prevent debris from falling close to nearby Pine Street.

On Tuesday morning, a demolition crew was brought in to stabilize the building.

“The building was falling over on one side, and we were able to come in with the larger machinery to push it over making it safe. It’s up to the City to decide how they’d like to approach it best. As you can see, some of the building still has some structural integrity and may be savable for future use,” said Judd Sanza of Western Mass Demolition.

Because of how close the building is to a three-family home next door, the home did have to be evacuated, but those residents are expected to be allowed back in by the end of the day.

The landlord of that three-family home told 22News that he was shocked when he saw how badly the armory was damaged.

“They said the wall fell into the yard or something that effect, and I was expecting a few bricks that spilled into our yard. Nothing of this sort was expected,” landlord Anthony Whitman said.

The Holyoke Armory building dates back to 1907, but has been abandoned for the past 10 years. It is up to the City to decide how the rest of the demolition proceeds.

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