Long-vacant Springfield house torn down

City obtained court order to demolish 43-45 Berkeley Street

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A long-vacant house in Springfield’s McKnight neighborhood that had been a source of concern for neighbors, is now just a pile of rubble.

Demolition crews tore down the house at 43-45 Berkeley Street Wednesday morning.

The City of Springfield had obtained a court order for the demolition. However, according to a news release sent to 22News by Mayor Domenic Sarno’s office, the building had deteriorated so much over the years that they could not do normal asbestos removal prior to the demolition. The rubble, therefore, has to be disposed of as asbestos-contaminated waste.

Debbie Blanton lives just doors away. She told 22News that she is so pleased the city knocked down this blight on her neighborhood.

“Knowing it’s been so long condemned, knowing that its now gone and we’re able to be free out here,” Blanton said.

The cost of the demolition was $58,485, which was paid for through the city’s demolition bond funding, though a lien will be placed on the property for those demolition costs.