Neighbors upset over partially destroyed building not yet demolished

Hampden County

Outraged Mason Square neighbors have urged Springfield to deal with blighted property on their street.

“Really messed up, it makes the neighborhood look real bad,” said Gregory Freeman of Springfield.

He isn’t alone describing the impact of the old Massachusetts Career Development Institute building on Wilbraham Avenue neighbors.

An Arson fire partially destroyed the complex during the summer of 2016. The Career Training Center had been vacant since 2013.

“It’s a mess, okay, you wake up in the morning, that’s all you have to see in front of your house. The people take in stuff from over here or they bring stuff over here, it’s a mess,” said Shawna Forrest of Springfield.

The city would demolish this eyesore, but Springfield has no control over the property. Deputy Code Enforcement Director David Cotter told 22News, the future of the building is being determined in bankruptcy court; a slow moving process.

In the meantime, neighbors just have to wait and put up with this blighted view, until the paperwork and legal process plays out, and the Massachusetts Career Development Institute building is one day, finally, torn down.

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