New Haven Building Dept. stepping up inspections

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–In light of the historic building crumbling at the corner of Orange and Chapel streets Sunday the building department says they are stepping up inspections.

“We were blessed it was a Sunday and not a Monday,” New Haven building official Jim Turcio. That’s because he says bricks started to pop out before the roof caved in on the building.

“The remainder of the floors began to pancake down onto the second and first floor,” said Asst. New Haven Fire Chief Matthew Marcarelli.

“We’re going to start looking at every commercial building in the city. It might take us three years, but we’re going to look at every building in this city,” said Turcio.

Today, they inspected other abandoned buildings like an abandoned one at 75 Whalley Avenue.

A new haven historian says the building that came crashing down dates back to 1839 and there are 2 dozen other buildings that old in the neighborhood.

“Most of those have been remodeled over the last several years. Right now, we feel confident with the ones that are occupied, but we want to look at all of them,” said Turcio.

In all of New Haven a total of 500 buildings are pre-civil war and the Fire Marshal’s office says they plan to team up with the building inspector to investigate them.

“To make sure that we work collaboratively to make sure that all of our commercial occupancies with a specific focus on vacant blighted buildings are inspected and addressed as soon as possible,” said Marcarelli.

“We’re looking at a bunch of buildings today and we’ll continue to look at them every single day,” said Turcio.

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