In the past month, we’ve made progress here and there, underground and with the City. But next week, progress on the physical transformation of the Brighton Mills site will become much more apparent: the two existing buildings, formerly housing the Frugal Fannies clothier and K-Mart and Office Max stores, are coming down. Read on for details on timing and neighborhood impacts.
Interior demolition begins late this week. Early next week, the heavy equipment from demolition contractor NASDI will arrive on site and begin tearing the walls and roof of the buildings down.
JMA is taking a number of measures to mitigate the demolition impacts, including:
- a “rodent blitz” by a professional exterminator prior to demo to minimize displaced vermin (this should be minimal, since the buildings don’t have basements and the site is paved, prohibiting burrows)
- planning demolition to occur from the parking lot side and progress toward the Holton and Litchfield Street sides, so that the existing walls can keep dust and noise contained to the site
- extensive coordination with utilities to shut down live feeds and prepare for safe demolition
- a barrier fence will be erected along the Litchfield Street curb to keep pedestrians off that side of the street; the fence will be covered with solid wood panels to isolate the site from the neighbors
In accordance with the Construction Management Plan, beginning Monday morning parking will be prohibited on side of Litchfield adjacent to the construction site to facilitate demolition and construction. “No Parking” signage is going up this week to give parkers advance notice.
TCB will set up a meeting in the neighborhood soon as a check-in on development progress and construction impacts. In the meantime, neighbors with questions or comments should feel free to contact us.