It’s been more than a year since a company called Family Video announced plans to tear down the First Congregational Church in Fulton and build a video store at the busy corner of Route 48 and Broadway.
It appears that those plans are finally moving forward.
Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward said he spoke Tuesday with the contracting company that will tear down the closed church. He said the contractor expects to post the required notice for asbestos removal by the 18th of the month (which is a Sunday). Ten days later, asbestos removal can begin inside the church.
Only when asbestos removal is complete can the church building be torn down. Woodward expects the church to come down before winter.
The church came within months of its 125th birthday when it closed because its membership continued to shrink — only 15 people showed up for the vote to close the church — and the costs of maintaining an aging building continued to rise.
Its contents were auctioned off, including the stained glass windows that graced the drive through that neighborhood.
The video store will also claim two neighboring homes along Route 48. Family Video lists 21 stores in New York State. The closest ones to Fulton are in Auburn, Liverpool and Minoa. The company claims to be the third largest video and game retailer in the country and the largest privately-owned video and game retailer.