3111 Brereton Street was damaged beyond repair in a December 2007 fire that claimed two other buildings. Today, after more than five years (and asbestos remediation), it was torn down.
With the right equipment, a small crew can demolish a structure that has stood for almost a hundred years. This took less than two hours.
The back building, which faces on Dobson street, is also in the process of being demolished. Here it is last fall:
And here it is, partly demolished:
And just a few hours later:
The Pittsburgh Housing and Development Corporation, which owns the parcels, is overseeing the demolition. The buildings are being torn down as part of the fire site development; the PHCA is working with the Design Fund to influence what will be built in their place.
(Photos by Leslie Clague for the PHCA)
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