Hutchins Narrow Fabric Building

HISTORY

This two-story brick building was constructed in the 1890s along the Highland Division of the New York, New Haven, & Hartford Rail Road, which spurred industrial development along its line. It was then used by the Brooks Bank Note Company. In recent years, it was used by Massachusetts Career Development Institute until it closed in 2013.

THREAT

The vacant building was severely damaged by an arson fire in 2016, and the City spent more than a million dollars to raze and clean the southern portion of the site. The empty building remains in the ownership of the inactive MCDI board of directors and is now tax-delinquent.