Officials expect Robert’s Chemical property demolition in December

Officials expect Robert’s Chemical property demolition in December

PAWTUCKET – City officials expect demolition of a burned-out former mill building on Pine Street, located next to the city’s future new commuter rail station, to begin in December and conclude in January.

The 258 Pine St. property remains a public safety hazard for residents, says Wil Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien. The special master appointed by the R.I. Superior Court, attorney John Dorsey, met with the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency and was given approval to seek bids for the demolition of the building. As part of these efforts, Doresey engaged with an engineer to provide a structural inspection of the building, which ultimately recommended that the building be demolished.

Dorsey is seeking a Superior Court order confirming that the entirety of the building should be demolished. He has been in conversations with contractors, including making site visits and providing site in-formation to seek demolition bids. Bids are expected to be submitted within the next couple of weeks.

“The city will continue work together with the special master to ensure that the building is demolished as soon as possible as has been recommended, and to market the derelict property for future potential development,” said Arboleda. “We thank the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency for their continued leadership throughout this process.”

The building previously occupied by Robert’s Chemical Co. burned in a fire a year ago, but the cause of the blaze wasn’t determined.

City officials have contended that the condition of the property poses an imminent danger to public health, particularly for trespassers.

Dorsey was appointed after the various owners associated with the property failed to comply with the city’s orders to clean it up.