The branch of Logan Bank and Trust that sits beside the parking garage will be closed due to the demolition work, which will be done on the side nearest the bank branch, according to Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper.
"They are going to be working on that side of the building," Harper said. "If the weather holds out and it doesn't snow like it's supposed to Saturday night, they hope to have half of it down this weekend."
Harper said traffic on Stratton Street near the garage and on Holland Lane will be closed at different times of the day due to the demolition.
"It depends on where Mike Urioski, the contractor, is working at the time, on which street will be closed," Harper said. "He hopes to have it all down by the end of the month. Since he started getting the floors down, it's been coming down pretty quickly."
The Holland Lane Parking Garage, also known as Parking Building No. 2, was built in 1980 at a cost of $2.5 million dollars. Thirty years later, the city of Logan still owes $2 million on the garage. The city of Logan has renegotiated the payoff down to $500,000 and the bank has allowed the city to have the building demolished.
The parking building was closed several weeks ago due to reported structural problems that necessitated its closure.
Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti said then that the building needed to be torn down to make way for new buildings or businesses that wanted to locate on that site.
The parking garage housed a telemarketing firm for several years that employed numerous people and helped pay the city’s monthly payment on the building. But, when the telemarketing firm shut down, the city was unable to find another business to take up the empty space.
For several years the parking garage had a city employee in the booth at the entrance to take up money, but the amount collected each day reportedly wasn’t enough to pay the employee’s salary. The bars on the front entrance had been broken for more than a year when the parking garage was finally shut down and many people were parking there for free.
The Main Street parking building is still open to vehicles.