Most of the old Brigham's plant had been torn down by 2 p.m. today. Photo by Brock Parker
Demolition crews began tearing down the old Brigham’s Ice Cream Co. production plant in Arlington this week, as work gets underway to erect a new apartment complex.
The plant on Mill Street near Arlington Center has been vacant since Brigham’s stopped producing ice cream and sold its assets and company name in June of 2008.
Georgia-based developer Wood Partners Inc. plans to build a 116-unit mid-rise apartment complex on the site that will also include 3,500 square feet of retail space, and some green space, according to the company. The development is expected to open in the fall of next year.
But first crews had to demolish the 85,000 square foot office and warehouse facility used by Brigham’s, which claimed to have a 17 percent share on the premium ice cream market in New England before selling off its assets.
The Brigham’s brand name was sold to HP Hood LLC, but the Lynnfield dairy firm wasn’t interested in buying the Arlington plant. Wood Partners purchased the property for $5.6 million over the summer from Cambridge Savings Bank, which foreclosed on the property in August of 2008.
A portion of the Minuteman Bikeway was temporarily closed Wednesday as construction crews demolished the old building. By 2 p.m. Wednesday, the only portion of the building that appeared to be standing was the old glass door entryway to the building and a tattered Brigham’s sign out front.