BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- More than a decade after New Franklin Laundry shut its doors in Bangor, the building it occupied is finally coming down.
On Wednesday, crews began work demolishing that building, which is on Fern Street in the Queen City. 'New Franklin Laundry' used to wash and dry clean clothes before it went out of business in 2000.
Developers bought the building not long after that from the city but the site required chemical cleanup before it could be rehabed. The Environmental Protection Agency stepped in to do that work a few years ago.
'House Revivers' was then able to start work tearing down the building thanks in part to development funds coming from the city. It intends to build six new energy efficient houses on the lot.
"With six homes on this site...the city's going to see an increase in tax revenue in this area," said David Kelly, who is the project coordinator for 'House Revivers, "The neighborhood's gonna see an increase in vigor and vitality....and we'll have a chance to build some really interesting houses."
Demolition on the building is expected to be complete by Thanksgiving. Developers are aiming to have the new homes built by sometime next year.