Portion of Webster Mill building to be demolished

This map shows the closure of a portion of Broadway and alternate routes. Courtesy photo
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Town officials intend to demolish a portion of the Webster Mill building after a collapse forced the closure of Broadway.

According to a press release, recent storms have made part of the building structurally unsafe, resulting in the “imminent threat of a partial building collapse near Broadway.”

Town officials have notified the property owners of its intention to demolish the portion of the building that is in imminent danger of collapsing. In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, the owners will have 24 hours to respond and correct the situation before the town takes action to demolish said portion of the building.

Because of this collapse, Broadway from Richards Avenue to Bank Street has been closed to all traffic due to public safety concerns related to the unsafe structure.

Due to the imminent threat of the Webster Mill building partially collapsing, Broadway from Richards Avenue to Bank Street will be closed to all traffic beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 28, until further notice. Road closure and detour signage will be posted; however, community members are asked to avoid the area.

Southbound traffic will be detoured from Broadway to Richards Avenue, Richards Avenue to Washington Street, and Washington Street to Eddy Street back to Broadway. Northbound traffic will be detoured from Broadway to Bank Street, Bank Street to Morse Street, and Morse Street to Richards Avenue back to Broadway.

“The Webster Mill property has been a public safety concern for many years, and we have made it our priority to ensure that necessary actions are taken to address any issues that may arise,” Town Manager Borg said in a statement.