WALLINGFORD — Demolition of the former Bristol-Myers Squibb facility began this past week, but don’t expect a big kaboom that brings the building down all at once.
The vacant medical research facility at 5 Research Parkway is being demolished in stages.
“It’s a large campus,” said Glenn Krol, a representative of MIWEC Asset Recovery Inc., the Huntington Station, New York-based demolition contractor.
The main building is 915,000 square feet. A 15,000-square-foot power plant on the 180-acre property is scheduled to be demolished. A 20,000-square-foot daycare center will remain for now, Krol said.
Even so, he added that it’s nothing out of the ordinary.
“It’s a typical demolition using hydraulic-assisted excavating,” he said.
Demolition work began May 21. Property owner Calare Properties, of Hudson, Massachusetts received its town demolition permit last month.
The contractor closed the site to all non-essential personnel, said Jim Manley, Calare vice president of economic development.
According to the demolition application, the five-story building is approximately 86 feet from the cellar floor to the top of the roof.
The site was the subject of a months-long battle last year over whether to allow two large warehouses to be built on the property, pitting neighbors against the developers.
In January, the Planning and Zoning Commission denied Calare's permit application for the warehouses. Neighbors objected most strongly to potential truck traffic, noise and groundwater pollution.
Calare acquired the property in February 2018. After it was on the market for a year, Calare decided to demolish the facility.