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Demolition has begun on the vacant Quincy parking lot

QUINCY (WGEM) – A struggling Quincy parking lot is finally falling.

The parking lot next to 5th and Jersey Street began demolishing on Monday, September 26.

Construction workers said they were taking safety precautions as they continued their work.

“We fenced off the whole area and put plywood on some of the roofs so nothing would fall or go on the roofs and stuff like that. If we block the road, we have to put a truck on the road to block incoming traffic,” said demolition foreman Ron Henkey.

In March of this year, the car park partially collapsed due to stress on the structure’s beams.

Businesses in the area take note that this demolition will continue for the next 2-3 weeks.

“We’re a bit concerned that Quincy patrons or residents are getting a little too curious and maybe getting a little too close,” said Amanda Griesbaum, deputy director of the Quincy Public Library. “They have the fence which is fantastic, but we’re humans and we tend to walk around sometimes so that’s just a bit of our concern, people get a little too close to see what’s going on. .”

Griesbaum, like other library workers, said he saw people camping in the unstable parking lot.

“We have a lot of homeless clients or insecure housing clients, who would pass through or maybe even stay there. I’m excited and happy that they’re doing something to make it safer for the community,” Griesbaum said.

Henkey said drivers did not need to alter their routes during the demolition. He adds that the roads could be blocked but will still allow drivers to pass.

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Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins