Western Massachusetts mill building to make way for park

MONROE, Mass. (AP) — A public park will soon rise on the site of a dilapidated mill building that’s in danger of collapsing into a western Massachusetts river.

The state has given the Franklin County town of Monroe a more than $500,000 grant to tear down and replace the nearly 140-year-old wooden building along the Deerfield River. The building is filled with lead, asbestos and other hazardous materials.

The state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has hired an engineering firm and landscape architects to design a park at the site.

The building will be torn down in January, weather permitting, and construction on the park will begin next summer.

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Town Clerk Marcella Stafford-Gore tells The Recorder of Greenfield that the community is grateful a “blight” will be torn down.

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