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11/22/21 – Most of the demo work, for the season, has been completed at this point. The remaining work before winter (including this week) will consist of continued load out of building debris and site cleanup as well as ongoing engineering work for the south end separation from the LBL Fabrications portion of the building (which remains!).

11/15/21 – Facade removal/demolition began today and will continue this week.  Debris removal will continue as well as site work to sever/cap any unused piping that was formerly used for utilities. Contingency plans are being developed in anticipation of the arrival of colder weather and how/when a winter shutdown for site work will be implemented. Prep work will continue on the eventual separation of the remainder of the current building and the south end (the LBL Fabrications side).



11/11/21 – Work on the site will finish for the week today. The facade demolition is now scheduled for next week. Debris removal has continued from the site as well as other interior demolition.

11/11/21 – A video showing some of the work to date from our demolition contractor – Costello

11/8/21 – The Clinton Street facade/wall will start coming down this week, possibly as soon as tomorrow (11/9). Debris removal will continue to be trucked away this week and other building demo will continue. The south wall separation (from the current building to the addition that is now LBL Fabrications) is delayed for at least a week. The boiler house remediation/demolition is also on hold, pending completion of other work at the site.

11/3/21 – Some pics below of the work this week so far, including the work to remove windows in preparation for taking down the Clinton Street facade.


11/1/21 – Windows are starting to be removed on the Cilnton Street side of the building, in preparation for the start of demolition of the facade (going from north to south), possibly starting as soon as late this week.  In the meantime, interior demolition will continue, progressing to the south and west.  Our estimate is that roughly 60% of the former building has been taken down to date.  Trucks will continue to remove material from the site throughout the week.

10/25/21 – Current plans for the week are to continue interior demolition from north to south and circling around to the former heat treat area. Remediation will continue within the former boiler house and the stack is expected to come down by mid-week.

10/22/21 – Two pics from today below – both taken from the perspective of the former door to the building on the east side, by the former electrical building, looking towards Clinton Street).  Today’s work was focused on removing the material from demolition – 3 loads left today.

10/20/21 – Work this week is focused on the northern half of the building, working from the middle in both directions, removing the building (the facade on Clinton Street will be last to go, possibly waiting for more of the building behind to be removed).  Trucks are taking material away from the site.  A reminder that AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY are allowed on the site – past the fence. We would ask for adherence with that and we will continue to post updates here or can answer any questions – 802-885-3061 or


10/15/21 – Pics from yesterday – progress on separating/removing the north end as well as in the back.

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(those are short video files)

10/13/21 – It has begun! (these are short video files of the start of the demo work). Also posted a short video to the SRDC Facebook page.



10/12/21 – Building demolition work is expected to start tomorrow on the back/river side of the building, focusing on the separation points between the current building and LBL Fabrications as well as the area between the north/office portion that will remain and the rest of the building.  Remediation work will be continuing in other areas of the building/property, including the former boiler house and electrical building.

10/7/21 – The perimeter fence has been installed and additional site work has continued this week (which includes construction of a temporary road behind the current building) as well as asbestos remediation of the former boiler house.  The current plan is to begin building demolition at some point next week.


9/30/21 – Site work has been proceeding this week, including the clearing of brush/trees and creating a temporary road (behind the building) for trucks that will be removing material from the site. Installation of a perimeter fence has also begun and should be completed in the next few days.


9/24/21 – The grant agreement with the State was signed this week and contracts should be executed by the end of the day today. So, with that in mind, here’s our current TENTATIVE timeline –

Week of 9/27 – Site prep work – fencing installed around the current building as well as brush removal and preparation of the temporary road behind the building.

Week of 10/4 – Remediation of former boiler house (behind the main building) begins

Week of 10/11 – Building demolition work begins

This is all very fluid and could shift in either direction!  As we know more specifics, we will update this page.


9/17/21 – Here is the video of our briefing to the Springfield Selectboard on the J & L demo/cleanup project from their meeting this week (9/13/21).

9/16/21 – Audio of today’s Brownfield announcement at J & L Plant (courtesy of WCFR) –

9/16/21 – Here’s the press release from the Governor’s press event in Springfield today –

9/13/21 – Due to delays in the execution of grant agreements and contracts, work will not begin this week. At this point, site work hopefully will start the week of 9/20, with building demolition activity starting in earnest in October (likely towards the middle of the month).

– Governor Scott will be at the site for a press event this Thursday (9/16) at 11 am

– We will be briefing the Selectboard at this evening’s meeting on the demo project.

8/31/21 – Some notes, as the demo project draws closer to getting underway.  We will be providing an update/overview to the Selectboard at their 9/13 meeting.

– The building is currently condemned and presents an acute risk to those entering it as well as the potential for contamination to be spread by wind, etc. Our work over the next few months will be focused on removing these risks and stabilizing the site for future redevelopment.

– We are hoping that demolition activities will begin the week of 9/13 and will last to the end of December.

    1. Timing on the work is subject to contracting and the weather as the work cannot proceed with freezing daytime temperatures.

– The work will be conducted in strict accordance with demolition specifications, an abatement work plan, and approved corrective action plan.

– As many as 20 trucks a day will be loaded for disposal; most of the waste will landfilled.

    1. Steel and clean masonry (walls) will be recycled.

– 12-16 people will be on site at any one time. Work is expected to be M-F, 7 to 5, although Fridays will be an early stop at 3:00.

    1. If the schedule starts to lag, there’s a chance of work occurring on Saturdays.

8/30/21 – Preparatory work for permits and notifications is underway and preliminary site work is expected to being in the next week.

7/30/21 – DEC posted the following RFP this week –   – once a subcontractor has been selected, they will execute an agreement with the demolition contractor (our project team has made a recommendation) and the process will start, leading to actual on-site demolition/remediation this fall.

6/10/21 – Bids have been submitted for the demolition/remediation work and the project team is currently reviewing these proposals.