BANGOR — Residents are expressing concern over the demolition of historic homes in the community.
St. Joseph Healthcare is in the process of destroying several vacant hospital properties in the city.
These are buildings the hospital said are no longer feasible for repair.
However, several Bangor residents said they’re deeply upset and frustrated by the demolition of the historic homes along Congress Street and Broadway.
“People are feeling really sad about all the houses going down in our neighborhood,” said Ann Davis-Langford. “It’s transitional and it doesn’t feel right.”
Langford said she lived next door to the historic brick carriage house for 12 years.
“It has two fireplaces. One on the upper floor and one on the bottom floor,” said Langford. “I’d just hate to see it torn down.”
Langford and other residents have been on a mission working to save the brick carriage house located on 326 Broadway.
“Bangor has lost a beautiful old structure,” said Bangor resident Randy Hatch. “If you talk to people in the historical society, they’d say Bangor homes are known for their brick work, slate work, wood work, and that sort of thing. For us to lose that is pretty significant.”
Hatch created the Facebook group, “Saving Bangor’s Old Houses,” which has grown to nearly 500 members.
According to a Facebook post by St. Joseph, D.P. Porter Contractors have annihilated six homes so far.
Hatch said there are four more addresses set to be destroyed: 310, 318, 322, and 326 Broadway.
“All of those are going this week, the yellow one at the far end is going this well,” said Hatch. “They are preparing those houses and I don’t know how quickly they can get them all down but first they have to shut off the water and power.”
ABC 7 and Fox 22 reached out to St. Joseph for a statement, but did not get a response.
However, a post on their Facebook page stated: “We are evaluating the future needs of the hospital and do not have specific plans for these locations at the time.”
“If there is anyway possible to save this building, that would be wonderful,” said Langford.