A number of these buildings have been vacant for some time and all have structural issues that make them unlivable such as damaged heating systems, poor roofing, water damage, foundation issues, and mold infestation.
The first of four blighted properties to be demolished this spring was taken down Thursday morning.
The first on the docket was 49-55 John Street. The property is one Mayor Linda Tyer had campaigned in front of during her first bid for office four years ago and was removed the morning Tyer announced her second bid for the corner office.
The Columbus Avenue parking garage will be torn down at the end of this month.
After years of pushing for state funding to build a new garage on the site to no available, the city is moving forward with demolishing the garage and making a surface lot. The work is expected to start on March 25 and vehicles are directed to park in the Depot Street lot instead.
Karen Ferrara says she's put up with the abandoned house at 45 Edgewood for years. The dilapidated building was on the demolition list for this fiscal year but then delayed to give a local developer time to clear the title.
BRPC officials would like the state to consider reusing dams for power more often.
The comment comes from the organization's review of the removal of the Tel-Electric Dam on Mill Street. In that long-awaited project, the state did not require an alternative option of restoring the dam to generate power to be explored.
Two more homes have been added to the demolition list.
The Board of Health issued orders of demolition for 33 Circular Avenue and 217 Robbins Avenue. The two adds to a list of homes the city demolishes because of unsafe conditions.
The Conservation Commission denied a proposal from Mazzeo's restaurant to use the Berkshire Flower Shop property instead of having it turned into conservation land.
Then the city reached an agreement with the Gordon Rose family to conserve property located at 910 South Street back in 1997. The deal called for the land on the city's southern entryway to eventually be converted into conservation space.