SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A long-vacant former nursing home in Springfield will soon be torn down. Mayor Domenic Sarno announced the details on Tuesday of the demolition that will occur at 22 Ridgewood Place.
The City foreclosed on the property for unpaid taxes back in 2007, by which time the nursing home had long been abandoned. Since taking it over, the City has tried to find other uses for the property, including schools and facilities for the sheriff’s department. But these plans were all rejected due to the building’s poor condition, and the fact that it’s located in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
Mayor Sarno told 22News residents shouldn’t have to live next to a blighted property and this demolition is long overdue. City officials say they will use the property in the best way they can, but that use has not yet been determined.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission notes that the building is located within the Ridgewood Historic District, but as it was built in 1964, it is not considered to be a “contributing building” to the district, and the demolition can go forward.
The total cost of the demolition stands at $423,379, which includes asbestos and hazardous materials removal. A portion of the cost is being paid for with a $50,000 grant from the private Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation and the Attorney General’s Abandoned Housing Initiative Fund. Other funding comes from federal tax money, and City demolition bond funding.