Derelict House Near Youth Center Demolished

Jan 28, 2016

A work crew Thursday demolished this long-vacant house on Union Street across from the Dunbar Community Center in Springfield, Ma.
Credit WAMC

A long-vacant house next to a Springfield, Massachusetts youth center that officials said was a magnet for drug-dealers has been torn down.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the blighted property would catch his eye whenever he visited the legendary Dunbar Community Center. He said it was frustrating that it took years to go through the legal and regulatory process to demolish it.

" So, I am glad get it down, " said Sarno. " We are going to continue to be aggressive in getting derelict buildings down."

The city used $48,000 in federal funds to pay for the cost of demolition and asbestos abatement.