AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – It was 15 years in the making: demolition of the former Games and Lanes property in Agawam began Monday morning, as crews used heavy machinery, smashing into the roof of the building. The building was the former property of Stanley Uniform, and most recently, the bowling alley Games & Lanes.
The site was left vacant for 15 years and became an eyesore in town.
“This has been the part of town where Agawam residents have been embarrassed about, including myself, and I’m happy things are finally being done about it,” said Mark Del Negro of Agawam.
The building was purchased last year by Site Redevelopment Technologies, a company that specializes in cleaning up vacant properties. They spent a year cleaning up the building and had to clear it with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection before they could begin demolition.
“It had to stay there until everything was done, it was just a little over a year, so it was just a small price to pay to have this thing gone,” said David Peter, President of Site Redevelopment Technologies.
The property is back on the market to be sold. The town hopes the site will eventually become the home of a new business that will bring in more local tax revenue and people to Agawam.
“We just want to make sure it’ll be something that will suit the community and the people in the town,” said Agawam Mayor, Richard Cohen. “It would be nice to get some sort of commercial building or mixed use.”
If no one buys the property, the current property owner said he would redevelop the site on his own. Demolition is expected to be completed at the end of the week.
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