Demolition 20% done at former Bristol-Myers Squibb site in Wallingford

Demolition 20% done at former Bristol-Myers Squibb site in Wallingford

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WALLINGFORD — The former Bristol Myers-Squibb building is about 20 percent demolished, a representative of owner said Thursday.

Demolition of the vacant medical research facility at 5 Research Parkway began May 21. MIWEC Asset Recovery Inc., the Huntington Station, New York-based demolition contractor, closed the site and referred all questions to the building owner, Calare Properties 

The main building is 915,000 square feet. A 15,000-square-foot power plant and 20,000-square-foot daycare center will remain on the 180-acre property for now, said Robert Flynn, Calare COO and executive director.

Flynn said he meets onsite with the contractor about once a week to fill out safety reports and monitor progress.

The building is being demolished in stages, starting with the eastern-most sections. He said there have been no reports of unexpected delays and there’s no completion timeframe yet.

“The sooner the better, but safety is a concern,” Flynn said. “You don’t want to rush into anything. You want to make sure everything’s safe.”

Flynn couldn’t answer questions about demolition cost estimates, salvaging of materials or interested buyers.

“There’s a lot of information that we just don’t have details on,” Flynn said. “The plan right now is to take the building down safely … (For) any potential user or buyer, it’s easier to see the site with the building down.”

Calare, of Hudson, Massachusetts, received its town demolition permit in April. According to the application, the five-story building is approximately 86 feet from the cellar floor to the top of the roof.

Calare acquired the property in February 2018. After it was on the market for a year, Calare decided to demolish the facility.

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.

Neighbors objected strongly to potential truck traffic, noise and groundwater pollution. In January, the Planning and Zoning Commission denied Calare's permit application for the warehouses.
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