Holyoke to repair collapsing buildings in the city

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Collapsing buildings have become a common occurence in the city of Holyoke. 

The most recent one took place on Cabot Street Monday evening when several bricks fell off an apartment building.

Holyoke Building Commissioner Damian Cote said a keystone of a window came out causing the bricks to fall onto the ground.

Buildings have also collapsed on Main Street and Church Street since February of last past year.  

Although several buildings in Holyoke are old and have been around for decades, Holyoke Building Commissioner said that much of the deterioration of these buildings is due to a lack of maintenance.

Cote said the Cabot Street Apartment building’s owner will be in housing court to address the issue.

22News has left messages for the building’s owner but we have yet to hear back.    

“People that haven’t taken the time to check the mortar on them and the water coming down the gutters. The rain management systerms deteroriate the mortar and the bricks become loose and fall,” Cote said.

Cote told 22News the city’s Problem Property Group meets once a month to review the status of industrial and residential buildings in the city.

The buildings are prioritized for review based on safety, location and economic impact.

Cote said buildings on Beech, Clemente and Cabot Street are at the top of the list. He said those buildings will be demolished and the future of the locations will be determined by the economic committee.

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