The century-old sexton house is coming down at St. Joseph Cemetery.

A crew from PM Environmental of Berkley began demolition at 8 a.m. Thursday. By 8:30, half of the structure was gone. 

A partial interior demolition took place earlier to remove environmentally hazardous materials.

“An asbestos survey found the hazardous substance in floor tiles. It had to be safety removed. No lead paint was found,” said Rachel Lazere, family service advisor at the cemetery.

The demolition was originally scheduled for March.

“We ran into a few issues with obtaining the permit. We needed to track down some old deeds with the county registrar, since the property had changed ownership from the local parishes to the Archdiocese of Detroit,” said Lazere.

Since 2013, St. Joseph Cemetery has been operated by the Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Detroit.