Historic New Haven building demolished

(WTNH / Kim Kern)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A historic building in New Haven is now gone, torn down after bricks began falling from the top of the building down to the sidewalk.

“I was actually in complete shock. I didn’t know what happened,” said Luke Whitmore, of New Haven.

This all began Sunday at a building near the corner of Chapel Street and Orange Street. That’s right near the bus stop and the “Footlocker” store.

Crews worked throughout the night to bring the brick structure down. That three story building is no longer a threat.

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The problem first started Sunday afternoon when bricks began falling from the vacant building. The area was roped off. But as the day went on concerns began to grow as the building became more unstable and began to deteriorate.

“They wanted to make it safe to begin with and then it started falling on its own to the point where you could make it safe without taking it down,” said Anthony Nesto of Abcon environmental.

(WTNH / Kim Kern)
(WTNH / Kim Kern)

According to the New Haven Independent, the building is roughly 100-years-old and was also the sight of a fire several years back. So when you put those two things together you can imagine how unstable everything was. Crews made the decision to bring down the building which happened late Sunday night into early Monday morning. The building was safely taken down and nobody was hurt. Chapel Street was blocked off between State Street and Church Street because of the demolition. But is has since been reopened.

The debris is expected to sit on the property for a few more day. Southern Connecticut Gas still has to cut off the gas line to the building before anything can be hauled away.

Web Extra: Watch part of the demolition of the building at Orange and Chapel (courtesy of NHvOrg)

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