Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Essex House Taken Down to Ground Floor, High Street to Reopen

Today, after meetings between contractors and department heads, the City of Holyoke has announced the reopening of High Street. High Street will be completely reopened as of 10 A.M. tomorrow, January 15th.

The announcement comes after contractors completed work to take the building down to the ground floor. The top three floors of the building, which the City had said had to come down for the public safety concern to be addressed, were taken down as of last Saturday, January 10th.

“I applaud the department heads and contractors who worked so tirelessly to get the floors down within the 3-5 week timeline we originally outlined. The City employed an all-hands-on-deck approach to this situation, and we are happy that life will soon return to normal for folks on High Street,” Mayor Morse said.

Residents of neighboring buildings, who had to be evacuated when the Essex House partially collapsed last month, will be able to return home starting tomorrow. The Office of Planning & Economic Development is working with officials from SCORE, a nonprofit association of volunteer business
counselors supported by the Small Business Administration, and will be setting up a meeting in the coming weeks to address the needs of High Street businesses. Remaining work on the building will take an additional 30-45 days.

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