SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - On Thursday morning, people living in Springfield's Mason Square neighborhood applauded the start of the demolition of the former River Inn.
In September of 2011, the City condemned the State Street motel, which had been home to families on welfare. Code enforcement cited numerous violations , after finding roaches, rats, bedbugs, drug paraphernalia, and a black mold-like substance in the building.
Neighbors told 22News that they welcome the demolition of this blight on their neighborhood.
"It's been a blight on the eyes of the city for awhile, it doesn't serve any purpose being up," said Pastor Encrid Fluitt of the Chicopee Church of God. "The land can be utilized for other things, I would hope they use it fof community improvement. People can actually get good use out of it."
The redevelopment group, Develop Springfield has purchased the property. They have plans to upgrade the use of the land, but weren't specific on exactly what they want to do.