Four vacant Main Street buildings coming down.

March 5, 2019

DERBY-It’s a story city residents have been hearing for years.

But this time, its happening.

Environmental Services of South Windsor is expected to begin demolishing the four remaining vacant buildings on the south side of Main Street, as the state pushes ahead with their plan to widen the road to four lanes.

“They are out there putting the fencing around the demolition site,” Carmen DiCenso, the city’s economic development consultant and former Aldermanic president said Tuesday. “The demolition will start tomorrow.”

The demolition is expected to clear the way for the state to prepare for bidding out the construction work that will turn Route 34, also known as Main Street, into a four-lane roadway leading to the Shelton-Derby bridge.

Carlo Sarmiento, the city’s building official, expects the demolition to take about a week and a half, weather permitting. The crews will begin work at 9 a.m. and finish at 4 p.m.

The four buildings located at 128, 130, 134-36 and 140-146 Main all have common walls,” said Sarmiento, the city’s building official, who also serves as a zoning enforcement officer and blight enforcement officer.

He said because of that demolition on all four will take place simultaneously.

Plans call for the debris to be separated into two piles—one filled with combustible items and the other brick and cement. When the demolition shuts down for the day—a team of two firefighters will be placed on Firewatch from the time Environmental Services leaves until they start up in the morning.

“Combustibles can’t be left unattended,” said Sarmiento. “There are also safety issues. There could be open pits, open doors...”

During a previous demolition, Sarmiento said power connectors were found in the ground “and that was after we removed all the connections from the building.”

So he said as long as the demolition work continues there will be a Firewatch with two firefighters assigned per shift.