Demolition Clean-Up for Chestnut Middle School UnderwaySPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)- It’s been several months since the vacant Chestnut Middle School was destroyed by fire and the demolition happened right after. But it’s just now that clean-up of the debris on site underway.
“It’s a public safety issue, especially because it’s heavily populated by youth,” says neighborhood resident, Carlos Gonzalez.
Heavy machines on site are starting to clear the rubble left where the vacant school once stood. It’s a 2.5 million dollar project requiring a through plan.
“Thank the neighborhood they were very, very patient on this unfortunate fire. This is a very complicated clean up that is occurring,” says Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
“I know it was a little lengthy but there was a lot a lot of communication between his department and the neighborhood,” adds Jose Claudio, neighborhood resident.
“It will take 6-8 weeks to clear the top debris of the old middle school, but then they will clean the underground too. The entire project will go through August.
There have been unsuccessful attempts to redevelop the building in the past, but this time, the foundation will be gone. A new slate can provide opportunity. The city is optimistic about getting a proposal once the land is cleared.