Friday, August 10, 2018

Run-down house by Union Street School torn down

Crown Point Excavating has demolished the dilapidated house that was located close to Union Street School playground.

In December, the Springfield School Board accepted a gift of property from Springfield Housing Unlimited which included this house at 33 Union Street.



The Springfield Fire Department used the structure for training earlier this week which included chopping holes in the roof, visible on the right in this photo.



24 comments :

  1. One down, so many more to go! The "ring" has one less member!

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  2. I may be biased, but kudos to Crown Point Excavation for another clean up job well done!!!!

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  3. Feels good to see it gone!

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  4. Halleluah!

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  5. ok lets do a reality check. 1 this house is off the grand list now. 2 drugies lived there so im trying to figure out why it needed to be demolished instead of renovated and sold thus keeping it on the grand list. this makes 2 houses gone off the grand list near union street school that should have been renovated and sold. i just dont get it and probably never will.

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    1. No, 4:19, you probably won't. Keeping decrepit properties on the Grand List as dive rentals just to make slumlords rich isn't making Springfield "Great." You see, it's not always about YOU and YOUR taxes. The rest of us live here, too!

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    2. 2 druggies???? Yes 2 druggies owned it but many others "rented rooms" it was a run down shithole drug den probably beyond feasible repairs. 2 dumps gone and union st school needs more parking. Convenient at the least

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    3. 4:35 you missed the part about renovating the buildings. 7:15 any building can be saved.

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    4. Not every building can be saved, 6:59. Some structures are too damaged for repair. The cost of renovation can easily exceed the property's value. I've been rehabbing houses for decades, and sometimes it's just not worth it! Funny how some people say it's a waste of time and money to buy and rehab a home here, then turn around and complain when the eyesores are torn down. One of my old bosses used to complain about rehabbers fixing up old houses making his taxes go up! Keeping derelict properties on the tax roles just to keep your OWN taxes low only depresses property values; it's an ever-downward spiral that must be stopped!

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    5. so let me see if i have this right. according to YOU tearing down houses will make my taxes go down? what planet are you from? i know we exported the best and brightest but this is absurd? i live in the land of the lost.

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    6. No, 3:14, you have it wrong, as usual. If you keep blighted properties on the tax roles, it lowers property values overall. This decreases revenue, and leads to TAX RATE increases, which is what happened this year. If you tear down blighted properties, the surrounding properties become more desireable, and therefore more valuable. The amount of taxes you PAY may go up, but it will be because your property is worth more. If property values keep going up, tax RATES can be lowered. Simple economics, really!

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  6. Why wasn't my firm notified of this project!!! PUBLIC NOTICE VIOLATED! Sweetheart deal by the super of schools and his buddy?????? Not going to end here Springfield, sorry but you own this violation of bidding laws!


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    1. Just who the he!! is your Firm???

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    2. Good point. Neither this demolition or the Visiting Nurse building were competitively solicited. Further evidence of the corruption and kick backs so pervasive in Springfield politics. Someone pocketed a nice payday out of this, while other, less costly, legitimate firms lost out. Gee, sounds like something SRDC would do.

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    3. Visiting nurse building had 12 firms at the pre bid meeting
      People should check there info before the complain

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  7. Another historical landmark gone. Drug town usa is slowly loosing it's image.

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  8. Was the crushed up asbestos removed before becoming airborne and polluting the adjacent Union St School? My child attends there and I need to see documents!

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    1. Oh, I'm sure it was, but the place to find out would be the town or the demolition company. Unless you're just trying to make everyone paranoid!

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    2. Asbestos was removed by Harper Environmental and all epa notifications were done

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  9. It's too bad they didn't remove any of the architectural salvage, and sell it for profit. A lot of parts could have been re-used, but now it's all in a landfill.

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    1. ^ put down the crack pipe and attempt to grasp an ounce of common sense.

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    2. YOU put down the crackpipe, 8:29! There's money in vintage trim and fixtures. Someone rehabbing an older home will pay good money for them. Putting these items in a landfill is a waste!

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  10. You're both right. Too bad it was all tossed away. But it's ok. The town is better off with a vacant lot than a crumbling structure.

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