Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco told the Selectmen on Wednesday that the Board of Survey determined that the property on the corner of Edmunds Street and Commercial is unsecure, unstable and any day could collapse onto the nearby sidewalk or road.
It has been 11 months since one of the biggest fires the city has seen in decades. The sky was lit up for miles. Fire companies from all over the county descended on the scene to douse the flames towering high from the former J.B. Paper warehouse.
And today, the remains of that night are still piled high. In 11 months, there has been little to no progress toward cleaning up the mess left behind and the cause of the fire remains unknown.
The building at 11-15 Furnace St. was demolished Friday, nearly three years after the city first sought to take down the vacant structure.
The apartment building was one of several given the thumbs up for razing by the Historical Commission last month. The commission in 2014 twice voted against taking down the building, hoping that it could be saved.
The City Council on Tuesday approved the transfer of $264,288.38 in certified free cash to various accounts, including $62,686.53 toward the purchase of a building on Furnace Street.
In a communication to the council, Mayor Richard Alcombright said the property at 110-112 Furnace St. cannot be occupied because the road and retaining wall owned by the city is pushing against the building and damaging the porches.
A presumed Dunkin Donuts is now eyeing the Royal Cleaners property on Dalton Avenue for a drive-through restaurant. But, the City Council has ordered the company to pay for a third party to review the proposal for stormwater and traffic issues.
The former caretaker's house on Onota Lake is once again eyed for the wrecking ball.
The building is one of six lined up to be demolished by the city. The city is currently out to bid for the demolition of the following properties: 193 Dewey Avenue, 538 Lakeway Drive, 266 Onota Street, 88 Robbins Avenue, 173 Robbins Avenue, 14-18 South Church Street. The work is expected to be underway in January.
Garfield House, named for its first occupant, an 1885 alumnus of the college and son of the 20th president of the United States, is outdated, inefficient and far too costly to renovate, according to a nine-person committee that studied the building.
The City Council rejected a request to add funds to the property demolition budget line Tuesday night, which was eyed to start moving toward securing the JB Paper Company building, which burned earlier this year.
Mayor Linda Tyer put in a request to add $25,000 to the property demolition budget, a budget which the City Council had cut during the budget process by that much. Tyer said the increase would go to performing a hazardous materials assessment and creation of specification for the dem
The City Council next week will be asked to appropriate $50,000 in emergency funding to match a state grant to fix Notre Dame Church.
Mayor Richard Alcombright sought $50,000 from Secretary of State William F. Galvin, who oversees the Massachusetts Historical Commission, to help in stabilizing the rear buttresses of the church. One buttress has partially collapsed and others show mortar weakness.
The former convent at St. Joseph's Church was reduced to a pile of rubble on Monday.
The demolition comes six years after the Diocese of Springfield said it had run out of options for the vacant structure and nearly six months after the Community Development Board overrode a recommendation to halt the razing.
Demolition began in earnest on Wednesday months after the deteriorating steeple on St. Francis' Church was removed.
A building connecting the 150-year-old church to the rectory on Union Street was razed late last week in preparation for the removal of the church proper. Interior work on hazardous waste abatement had been completed some weeks ago.
Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell says it is a "disgrace" that there is no handicapped parking on Elm or West Street.
There is only one on Tyler Street and that was only recently added. The few on North are in locations without a nearby curbcut. There isn't even one in front of a store on North Street which sells motorized wheelchairs. It's unacceptable for Connell.
A Cliff Street apartment building that's seen better days is finally coming down this week.
The six-unit building at the top of Cliff has been vacant for some time and was blocked off with jersey barriers a few weeks ago when the front threatened to collapse.
Mayor Richard Alcombright said an "all-call" was sent out to neighbors to let them know staging for the demolition would begin Tuesday or Wednesday.
The process of renovating and rebuilding Mount Greylock Regional School began when the school year ended last week.
"We started pretty much the minute school was out on Tuesday," facilities supervisor Jesse Wirtes told the School Building Committee on Thursday. "The custodial department turned the school upside down on Wednesday.
Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski visited the truncated St. Francis of Assisi Church on Friday to thank the city for its cooperation in the emergency demolition actions.
"I came here today to see the progress that had been done so far this week but also to personally thank our police officers, our firemen and the people of the town of North Adams for all they did in cooperating to help alleviate this issue as fast as possible," Rozanski said.
Eagle Street was fully opened to pedestrian traffic on Thursday afternoon as another section of the steeple on St. Francis' Church was removed.
Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will be in the city on Friday to review progress on the demolition and thank members of both the diocesan and city teams that have worked together responding to this emergency situation. The bishop will meet members of both teams starting at noon at the site of the demolition on Eagle Street.
Three more antiquated residential properties in the city will soon be demolished, along with a well-known business that thrived throughout most of the 20th century.
Having reviewed hundreds of such demolition requests on aging buildings over the past decade, the Historical Commission is ready to revise the ordinance language under which it performs its primary function.
It will take about week to "deconstruct" the steeple on St. Francis' Church.
Demolition on the decaying structure began first thing Monday morning with the removal of the gilded copper cross atop the spire. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield confirmed its removal will take the rest of the week, to be followed with demolition of the entire church structure. The rectory facing Union Street will not be razed.
The Conservation Commission lifted the cease-work order on the former Hoosac Valley Coal and Grain property and determined the project is exempt from the Massachusetts Rivers Protection Act.
The commission revisited Thursday the town's improper demolition of two building at the site and determined that it would have deemed the demolition acceptable.
The city's ordinance governing delays of demolitions for historically significant buildings is nearly a decade old, and members of the Historical Commission feel it may be time to refine the regulation.
Pittsfield's is the only example of a demolition delay ordinance in the commonwealth which requires an additional vote by the Community Development Board to enact the delay after the Historical Commission has voted on it.
The Board of Health is mulling how to handle the unpermitted demolition of two structures on Cook Street last December.
The contractors hired by the town neglected to properly permit the demolition and bait the building for rodents or check for toxic materials.
They lasted more than 170 years. But now the decrepit former mill houses on Houghton Street will soon be a memory.
Berkshire County Construction on Monday began the demolition of the four two-family units, 198-214 Houghton St., near the bottom of Houghton Street. A fifth building, a former corner store at the intersection of Liberty and Houghton, will also be ripped down.
Two town boards are expressing concerns over what they say was the improper demolition of two outbuildings on the Hoosac Valley Coal & Grain property.
Conservation Commissioner Thomas Robinson told his commission on Thursday that a citizen had called him about the building on Cook Street the town took for back taxes.
The city's Historical Commission voted unanimously on Monday to recommend a six-month delay to be placed on a proposal to demolish the former St. Joseph's convent at 350 North St.
"The reason for the demolition delay is so that we can allow the public a chance to weigh in on structures of historical significance when they're up for demolition," summarized Commissioner Kathleen Reilly.