City of Springfield to tear down fire-damaged McKnight house

Cost of demolition, asbestos removal estimated at $42,700

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A house in Springfield’s McKnight neighborhood that was badly damaged by fire will soon be knocked down. The City of Springfield recently foreclosed on the property at 62 Bowdoin Street, and obtained a court order for its demolition.

The city is using bond money to tear down the house, which has been determined structurally unsound. The cost of that demolition, along with the asbestos removal required beforehand, is estimated at more than $42,700. The city plans to sell the land after the demolition is complete.

In a news release sent to 22News, Mayor Domenic Sarno said that they are working to eliminate neighborhood eyesores across the city.

“This is one more step in our efforts in neighborhood revitalization, and a continuance of our fight against blight throughout the City of Springfield,” Sarno said.

A formal announcement of the demolition is scheduled at the site Thursday afternoon at 2:15.

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