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Chang Farm house demolished

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>House at 23 Sugarloaf St in South Deerfield has been razed.<br/>

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    House at 23 Sugarloaf St in South Deerfield has been razed.

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>House at 23 Sugarloaf St in South Deerfield has been razed.<br/>

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    House at 23 Sugarloaf St in South Deerfield has been razed.

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>House at 23 Sugarloaf St in South Deerfield has been razed.<br/>
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>House at 23 Sugarloaf St in South Deerfield has been razed.<br/>

SOUTH DEERFIELD —There is an empty lot where the former Chang Farm work house used to stand at 23 Sugarloaf St.

The Chang Family Trust owned the two-story home, which was condemned by state and local boards of health in late August. The Chang Family Trust, owned by Rose C. Chang and Tso-Cheng Chang and run by Sidney Chang, the vice-president, operates the bean-sprout farm in Whately.

The state Department of Public Health, the state Fire Marshall’s office, and local building inspector Richard Calisewski cited the house for longstanding health, sanitary and fire code violations. These include a lack of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, obstructed and padlocked exits, and improperly maintained electrical systems.

The demolished building housed 14 farm workers. A second home abutting the Chang Farm, 299 River Road in Whately, housed another seven farm workers. This home was also condemned by the state. The fate of the Whately home is still to be determined. A Housing Court Judge will decide whether the house should be demolished or repaired. This court date is anticipated for January.

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