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Bigelow Boiler To Be Boarded Against Water
by Allan Appel | Oct 17, 2013 12:10 pm
Posted to: Business/ Economic Development, Fair Haven
The historic Bigelow Boiler Complex on River Street at Lloyd is so deteriorated, despite recent efforts at stabilization, that the fire department refuses to enter the buildings.
That problem is about to be solved, at least temporarily: The City Plan Commission voted Wednesday night to approve the latest round of stabilization, with some remediation also part of the plan.
In the short term, the plan calls for the windows to be boarded, roofs replaced, and the exterior envelopes secured on all the streetside buildings of the 20 unit-complex.
Many of the buildings at the rear of the lots at 142 and 198 River St. roughly bisected by Lloyd Street in Fair Haven, have their structural elements so far gone, they will have to be demolished.
But the streetside buildings will rise again, as it were, spiffier than ever and will attract businesses to buy the property from the city, according to city economic development officer Helen Rosenberg, who presented the plan to the commissioners.
“We feel confident these buildings will [eventually] be taken and used,” said Rosenberg. She added cryptically that a buyer, a current business in the city that she would not yet identify, has emerged to express an interest.
Structural engineer David Carlson of Spiegel Zamecnick & Shah said it is clear that despite past efforts, water continues to get in the buildings and cause increasing damage.
Click here for a behind the scenes look at the serious damage within the buildings.
Carlson’s firm determined that the buildings facing River Street could be preserved and repurposed, but the first task is to “button up the exterior envelopes.” That means, in addition to boarding against rain and vandalization, supporting some severely deteriorated second floors with plywood subfloors and joists, according to the City Plan report.
Technically the commissioners Wednesday night approved a site plan and coastal site plan review for the stabilization and remediation activity.
That remediation includes the abatement of above-ground hazardous materials, cleaning out rubble-strewn pits, some as large as 200 square feet and six feet deep, that present a growing hazard.
Rosenberg reported that the boarding up and securing of the River Street buildings will cost about $150,000 and begin in about three weeks. The larger project of demolition of too-far-gone structures may bring the price tag closer to half a million; most of the cost is covered in a state grant.
The plan passed unanimously. “We’re moving ahead,” Rosenberg said.
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Let’s make a deal. Not going to last much longer in this condition.
My grandfather worked at Bigelow in the late 19th century after he returned from the
Civil war where he was a war prisoner in the infamous Andersonville Prison in the South
The boss’s office from the old days was maintained for many years, When I visited Ed Crotty, its President in the 1980’s when it was owned by local conglomerate , Etherington Industries,it was like going back to the preceding century as it still had the perfectly maintained 1800’s appearance and furnishings
Worth saving for historical purpose ifitis still in such good shape (and yes, art lovers I realize I also supported the demolition of the old Shubert today