The city of Chicopee is now offering residents a first-hand look at the demolition of the former Uniroyal property.
According to City of Chicopee spokesperson Nathan Moreau, the city has installed several live stream cameras at the property to record and stream the demolition of the five middle tier buildings.
Demolition began in 2010 and is in the fourth phase. Previously, the demolition focused on the buildings closest to the Chicopee River.
“The City recognizes that previous phases of demolition have been difficult to follow because of the Site’s orientation to the Chicopee River,” said Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos. “With these cameras in place, the City now has the ability to better communicate and document the progress over time and the significant efforts such demolition projects require.”
Chicopee city spokesman Nathan Moreau has set up a series of cameras that capture the on-going demolition, because of the level of interest in this historic property.
“My grandparents worked in this facility, so to me, watching the building come down is the history of this property, it’s important that we see it so people can discuss the memory of it in a positive way,” said Moreau.
The cameras will record during all hours of the day.
Moreau said once the debris from the four buildings is removed by the middle of next year, rehab can begin on the former Uniroyal administration building.
Unriyoral stopped all manufacturing operations in Chicopee in 1980.