WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield police announced Thursday evening that the 100 block of Elm Street will be closed to vehicular traffic Friday beginning at or about 8 a.m. for the demolition of Trader Joe’s. The building was badly damaged when most of the roof collapsed during the recent blizzard.
The Bank of America building next door will be closed during that time, as well, according to Sherry Cronin, exective director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation. The Westfield Police Department will be on site and the street will be reopened as soon as safely possible, she said.
During the demolition, pedestrian traffic will be diverted to the opposite side of the street sidewalks and Municipal Parking Lot 4, behind Baron's Drugs, will be accessible via Mountain Avenue only. The entrance to Municipal Parking Lot 1, behind Panera, will be inaccessible from Elm Street, according to Cronin.
Steve Freedman, the town of Westfield’s building inspector and construction official, said last week he expected that at least three quarters of the building that housed Trader Joe’s would need to be razed, “but it could be more.”
Trader Joe’s has said that it intends to reopen at that location.