Work crews from Fisk Excavating and Plumbing demolished the former home of the Women Infant and Children program at 828 N. State St. in Greenfield as hospital officials say the home's foundation and support structure left Hancock Regional Hospital no choice but to tear it down. (Jim Mayfield/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — The former home of the Women Infant and Children program, across from Hancock Regional Hospital, came under the crush of heavy equipment Thursday as the structure and outbuilding were too deteriorated to repair cost effectively, hospital officials said.
The house, located in the city’s Traditional Neighborhood District that runs along North State Street, was acquired several years ago by the hospital to make room for additional future expansion should the hospital need it; however, city building inspector Jason Faucett examined the house and found that part of the structure’s foundation was crumbling and in some cases gone.
Hospital operations manager David Hahn told the city advisory plan commission in August that trying to rehabilitate the building would not be cost effective.
Thursday, Hahn watched as the buildings fell to the wrecking equipment.
“We barely touched it and it came down,” Hahn said. “We’re just trying to do the right thing. We were worried about people’s safety just being inside it,” he said.
Currently, the hospital has no immediate future plans to develop the site once the house is removed, and the area will be re-seeded and landscaped when the demolition is completed.