Piece by piece, in piles of wood and chunks of old concrete and brick, the former Van Straaten and Havey silk mill building in Wayne Junction is coming down.

The city began demolition on the vacant building at 133 Berkley St. last week, and workers will take about another month to tear the structure down and clear the property, said Tim Humes of Domino Excavating, at the site Tuesday.

Much of the rear of the building is already gone, and two track excavators were clawing away pieces of floors and crumbling interior walls. Some minor asbestos removal has been done, he said.

“It was definitely dangerous, it was collapsing internally,” Humes said. “The brick was OK, but you have the threat of fire” from wood support beams and interior portions.

(via History unraveling as Wayne Junction silk yarn mill comes down — NewsWorks)

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