CHICOPEE - Termite damage in the foundation beams combined with some masonry deterioration in the Holy Name of Jesus Church has caused it to close temporarily.
Contractors hired to do a renovation project found structural problems in the chapel of the church this week. Concerned about the attached main church, they also inspected that and also found foundation problems.
"When we looked into the basement area ... we realized the masonry has started to deteriorate because of age and termite damage was there as well," Rev. David M. Darcy, pastor of the church. "With the structural stress on the main beams, we determined this was not a safe environment."
The church building was constructed in 1857, 21 years after the parish was dedicated as the first in the Springfield area. It has a dirt floor in the basement with brick masonry pillars, he said.
The church had termite problems in the past, which had looked like it had been treated at one time before Darcy became pastor.
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Source: Mass Live