City council president Kevin Jourdain said the council had approved $1.3 million dollars back on Jan. 7 to go toward the demolition.
"We really hope that there are no further hold ups or delays in getting this building taken down and we also need to hold the people that created this situation responsible," Jourdain said.
In the meantime, nine families have been evacuated from an adjacent apartment building.
The Red Cross is currently assisting them.
"We've worked with the landlord and the city and we're going to take care of housing the people through the weekend until they figure out how long they will be displaced," said Mary Nathan, disaster program manager of the American Red Cross.
Those residents could be displaced anywhere from a few nights to a few weeks.
Crews are expected to show up at the Essex House Friday with demolition materials.
Mayor Morse said that the contractor took ownership of the building and the financial burden will fall on them.
The contractor has been making preparations to demolish the building for the last couple weeks.
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