PITTSFIELD - Last week, three properties on Route 100 in
downtown Pittsfield that were destroyed by Irene were demolished
and cleared to be town green spaces. Harvey's Plumbing and
Excavating, based out of Rochester Vt., began demolishing the
houses Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Earlier this summer, in July, the town purchased four properties
for $498,000. All were along Route 100; three next to each other in
town, plus a fourth farther south on Route 100. The money was used
to cover the purchase of the homes and the demolition work.
75 percent came from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
through the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program with the
remaining 25 percent from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Under the terms of the buyout, the properties must remain green
spaces (parks, sports fields or the like) with no structures built
on the floodplain.
Photo by Jason Mikula
Harvey's excavator picks up pieces of a demolished home on
Route 100 in Pittsfiled. The white house behind, owned by Jeremy
Livesey and Heather Grev, would be next to go.