SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Neighbors in Springfield’s Upper Hill neighborhood are pleased but saddened at the need to demolish at more than 100 year old building on their street.
Springfield Building commissioner Steven Desilets had the house at 43 Crest Street torn down. He said the building was unsound and structurally defective. The demolition contractor told 22News that he found a newspaper inside that dated back to 1916.
Lisa Miller lives near the blighted building.
“It’s sad to see any house go down, especially when it’s been here for as long as this one has, but on the other hand, I’m glad to see it go because it’s been a hazard,” Miller said.
The city had taken over the property for non-payment of taxes. Then decided it was a blight on the neighborhood
The demolition project began Tuesday using City of Springfield Demolition Bond funding, and is expected to cost $41,565.