In response to the partial collapse of the building at 279 North Street, at the corner of Fleet Street, city officials ordered the immediate demolition of the building which was executed on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 2nd. North End resident Joe Mendola captures the action on video.

Demolition of 279 North Street building (Video by Joe Mendola)

In a statement, officials said “Boston Fire and Inspectional Services and Structural Engineers determined that structurally, the building would need to be taken down immediately due to safety reasons.

The building was taken down on Tuesday afternoon without incident. Abutters and displaced residents were offered space at the Nazzaro Community Center until ISD and Boston Fire deemed it safe to return.

North Ender, Adam Balsam, created a time-lapse of the demolition:

Streets at the intersection of Fleet and North Street remain closed to vehicles. Pedestrian access is also limited, guided by tape. Officials will assess the safety situation in the coming days to reopen the street.

Residents are encouraged to call 311 should they have questions.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. The building is on my way to work and many times I thought how disorganized the renovation looked and a bit shoddy. This demolition is a blessing in disguise. Sad for the family, but preventative.

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