3 months ago by Bob Gough
City hopes to have traffic restored by Monday morning
UPDATE: A crane from Blick's Construction has moved onto 4th Street and the demolition of the fire-ravaged Newcomb Hotel.
From City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer:
Demolition of the Former Newcomb Hotel at 400 Maine Street will begin Sunday morning at 6.00 am. Blick’s Construction and Neimann General Contracting have been hired by the City to knock the walls down so that both Maine and 4th Streets can be opened for traffic and adjacent business will be secured from the dangers of falling debris and can have full access to their properties by Monday morning. This is a very aggressive schedule and City Inspection will monitor the demolition Sunday.
Aerial video provided by Quincy Fire Department.
Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning said the Newcomb Hotel fire is suspicious since there's been no power running to the building for years. The building has also seen a great deal of transient traffic.
Travis Brown of the Historic Quincy Business District says demolition on the Newcomb Hotel will start as soon as a crew can be brought in.
Brown says the City is trying to get a crew in to "knock the building down onto itself".
Traffic will be closed on 4th Street and Maine in the area of the Newcomb.
Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore says they are still trying to find a demolition crew with a crane large enough to handle the job and hopes demolition starts as soon as possible, even this weekend.
Moore said there has been no contact yet with the building's owner, Victor Horowitz. The city is currently involved in litigation with Horowitz and had started the foreclosure process.
Brown said he spoke with Jim Hobart, of Frantz-Hobart, the Iowa company that had issued an RFP to develop the Newcomb. They were scheduled to come to town Tuesday to begin negotiations with the city.
"He was disappointed and knows how much the whole community aches over this," Brown said. "He said he still has interest in developing something in Quincy."
He is notifying businesses that the streets will be closed until the building is down. The Patio and Fitz's on 4th will be open for dinner tonight with parking available at the City Center Hotel.
From QPD: Due to the fire at the Newcomb Hotel traffic will be routed around the 4th and Maine area. A detour will be placed at Highway 57 and Jefferson directing traffic to use Jefferson to 8th street or front street to access the city. Traffic traveling through Quincy with the intention of leaving the City without stopping should use 8th street to Broadway to access the bridge or Front street to Vermont and then back to 4th street and then to Broadway.
Fifth street traffic control signals from Maine to Broadway will remain on flashing red until further notice.
Video is news conference with Fire Chief Joe Henning and Mayor Kyle Moore.