SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A long abandoned house in Springfield was demolished on Tuesday. 22News was there as demolition crews took down 60 to 62 Revere Street in Springfield.
The neighbors we spoke to say this house has been boarded up for years. Many of them even stood outside and watched crews demolish it Tuesday morning.
The house was privately owned, but Mayor Domenic Sarno said it’s been a blight for years. One neighbor told 22News the house was so old and broken down, he was nervous it could fall down on its own.
Raffel Lowe of Springfield said, “The house was pretty old so, it was like really scary, when it was going to fall. If strong wind came like the last time, it might have been a little devastating.”
Maria Laureno of Springfield said, “It didn’t look good for the neighborhood, the rest of the houses look better than that one. It’s an update for the street, for the block anyways.”
In a statement, Mayor Sarno said, “This is one more step in our efforts in neighborhood revitalization and continuance of our fight against blight.”
The city recently obtained a court order to demolish the property, which in total, cost $67,225, which is being paid with City of Springfield Demolition Bond funding