Brockton: Plans for historic building go from rehab to wrecking ball

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It was supposed to be the foundation of a $100 million redevelopment effort in downtown Brockton.

But now developers want to tear down a historic building.

Developers at Trinity Financial had met a July 1 deadline to come up with a plan to save the Gardner Building.

Now they say the former clothing factory on Centre St., built in 1890, is too expensive to save.

The partially-collapsed building was part of a proposal to convert a city block into apartments, a parking garage, and commercial and retail space.

Word that it will be razed comes after the developers spent nearly $2 million on safety improvements.

Trinity now has to give back $600,000 in historical tax credits from the state.

About Garo Hagopian

Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.