Demolition is underway at the Edgartown Yacht Club. The club is renovating and extending its existing wharf, and adding additions to one of its existing buildings. Atlantic Marine Construction began Wednesday from a crane barge and an excavator on the dock. Richard T. Olsen & Son and Bruno’s Rolloff are disposing of the debris.
The project will replace the existing again timber pier with a new steel and timber pier. The main dining room building, which is listed as a historic building on the Massachusetts Cultural Resources Information System. All other buildings on the dock are not listed as historic buildings and will be demolished and replaced, according to the project description submitted to the town.
The demolition comes in the middle of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby, but Derby vice chairman Joe El-Deiry and the Edgartown board of trade told town selectmen at an August 6 meeting they were not concerned the project would get in the way of fishermen.
Brian Denecour, co-owner of Atlantic Marine Construction, based in Westerly, R.I., said he expects the project to take five or six months. Denecour referred further questions to Bill Roman, yacht club manager.
Roman said the project will, “preserve the historical integrity of the complex as a whole. It’ll look exactly like what’s there now.”
Though its demolition permit has been filed, the yacht club’s construction permit has yet to be filed, according to an official at the Edgartown Building Department.