- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and city housing officials are set to announce the demolition of a vacant, fire-damaged residential property near the American International College.

The Democratic mayor said in a statement that the demolition of the Reed Street property is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Sarno calls it a step toward the city’s “efforts in neighborhood revitalization” and its fight against “blight throughout the city.”

Sarno says the building has been vacant for several years. The city foreclosed on it for the non-payment of taxes in 2015. At that time, the property was abandoned by the previous owner.

The city says the building has been declared structurally unsound and a threat to public safety. Building Commissioner Steve Desilet ordered it demolished.

The city anticipates selling the property following demolition.

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