Philbrick Avenue houses in Rockland undergo demolition
Rockland — The 12 bungalows that once made up an affordable neighborhood on Philbrick Avenue are being razed.
Catalano Construction of Thomaston has already leveled the homes on the left side of the street to rubble piles of scrap lumber and housing debris, while the vacant homes on the right still stand. A two-story home at the end of the dead-end street will be spared.
In May, Chestnut Street resident Madeline Philbrick, owner of the properties on the street for which her family is named, applied for a permit to tear down the 12 one-story houses.
Many of the houses are more than 100 years old, built in 1905, while others were built as late as 1930.
Philbrick said in May that the septic systems started to be bothersome. She was going to have to hook up the homes to the sewer system at an estimated cost of $2,450 per house.
Her father, the late Eugene Philbrick, built the houses, one by one.
"It was a nice neighborhood. People liked living there," she said in an interview in May.
David Kalloch of the Rockland Code Enforcement Office said that Philbrick was paying for the demolition.
Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.