Former ABC Vacuum site demolished as part of renovation

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Crews work on the demolition of the former ABC Vacuum as part of a process to build a new branch of Pawtucket Credit Union. Staff Photo/Max Bowen

By Max Bowen-max.bowen@northstarreporter.com

A building on Route 1 that has been vacant for many years is making way for a new development.

The former ABC Vacuum site at 99 Chestnut St. was torn down last week as part of a renovation project to become a branch of the Pawtucket Credit Union. The company purchased the site in late June after a five-year process. This would be the second Massachusetts facility that PCU has, the first being a loan office in Foxboro opened five years ago.

We do draw more than 20 percent from the Massachusetts towns contiguous to Rhode Island,” said CEO George Charette back in July. “We have a fair amount of business in North Attleborough, Plainville, and Wrentham. It’s a natural extension of the RI footprint.”

The site began as a watch shop and has numerous uses over the years, though it has been empty for some time. Past tests of the site showed some potential carcinogens, but this would only be an issue if a residential use was intended.