Nestles Demolition Becomes Visible to Public

Demolition of the former Nestles buildings can be seen and is affecting traffic on Route 481 in Fulton.

FULTON, NY – A bittersweet day for many long term Fulton residents, as the former Nestles buildings can now be seen being demolished from Route 481, the main road the buildings sit on.

According to Fulton City Mayor, Ronald Woodward Sr. this is not the first day of demolition as much of the work already completed was done in the back of the buildings to be able to access the front.

“They have been demoing in the back for a while. The buildings in the front that are being done now had a lot hooked to them in the back, all of that needed to be done first,” said Woodward.

Traffic was affected for the first time today, as Fulton City Police Officers monitored the road and traffic flow, creating one lane usage.

Woodward anticipates that there will continue to be some impact to traffic during the course of demolition, but is hopeful that after today’s work is complete the focus will return to the back area of the buildings allowing traffic to function normally.

While the demolition has made great strides, there is still a lot of work left to be done.

According to a contract with international supermarket chain, Aldi, the city has until June 1 to have the desired area at the corner of Fay Street and South Fourth Street completely demolished and build ready for the new supermarket to be constructed.

“The building to the south of where the work is currently being done, that is going to remain standing while we focus on working to the north next. The area that Aldi is interested in,” said Woodward.

Many buildings need to complete asbestos removal before demolition as Woodward notes that according to law, in order to demolish one building the buildings next to it must be removed of all asbestos first.

The cross-walk from Building #30 that crosses over Fay Street to connect to the main Nestles structure will be demolished as well. Building #30 and the adjoining parking lot were purchased separately in July 2015 by Gary E. Springs for the purpose of running a U-Haul business.

Woodward believes the demolition crew, ran by Infinity Enterprises who has agreed to do the demolition for no charge to the city except rights to all salvageable materials on the site, is on pace to meet the deadline as set by Aldi.

“I’m glad to see it. I know it’s been going right along because I go down there every weekend, but now people can see it happening. Reality will start to sink in for the naysayers, but it has to come down whether you want it to or not,” said Woodward.


  1. It’s nice and it seems the demolition will be completed in time. The big question is how much will this lower my tax bill? Also it took three months to demolition 2 and 1/2 buildings. Why did it take so long and at that rate with at least 5 to go and the grinding of the bricks for fill will it be done by July 1. If not were looking at another year without a store and another year without the tax revenue. Just pointing things out. Also I read a story that said that water would be sprayed on the demolition site to keep dust down. I don’t see it happening. Why? Sorry to ask so many questions but that what the people want to know. Icing doesn’t mean the cake is going to be good.

  2. I want to preface my comment with a little background, I went to college for Architecture and worked for a firm in Elmira that was heavily involved in architectural preservation and restoration. The firm was also involved with repurposing structures to update buildings while maintaining their true and original form.

    The demolition of the Nestle complex tears at the heart of what once was Fulton. Our community has been witness to the complete destruction of the community often in the name of so called progress. But what is the definition of progress? We live in a community that is suffering from high tax rates (amongst the highest in the nation) and we continue to witness the demolition of potential resources that were and could still be the heart of the community.

    We need jobs. Those jobs are not going to come in the name of major businesses like Ford, General Foods or some other conglomerate…Fulton needs to look at new start-ups and become a center for start-ups. That would bring in new jobs. The Nestle complex would have been perfect for new renovation and low cost space for business incubation. Even though there is a lot of space available in Fulton, much of it remains empty because the rents or sale prices don’t meet the market here in Oswego County.

    Many communities have gone the route of preserving their history and repurposed their old factories and those communities have improved their economy as a result of their foresight. Unfortunately, here in Fulton, old buildings are viewed as eyesores instead of what would be their potential. Tearing down a monumental neighbor to replace it with a box store to employ 7 people?

    It really is a huge loss of opportunity for a home run to become a hub for new business ventures. The proximity to 481 and being 25 minutes away from Syracuse….all I can say is I am once again very disappointed.

  3. Hey… TTCUSTER, Don’t you think it’s about time the public knows who you are “FRANK”…your dads boxing name. All you can do is criticize the city you are suppose to represent. Come out of the shadows. This is getting a bit ridiculous.

  4. For me, the sadness is that never again will the scent of chocolate overshadow the urban blight visuals of Fulton. I KNOW now that there are lovely neighborhoods in the City, but for those from other places who never saw any other part of Fulton than 57 now 481…

    Still, maybe, just maybe, the cities in the northeast that relied on industry will find beauty once again in tourism, with these lovely waterways, and maybe with ‘something to do’ when visitors stop by (instead of driving through). Same goes for Oswego, Pulaski, Sandy Creek, well, most of Oswego County.

  5. its so sad to see it go its been there all my years growing up its been there over a hundred years and made fulton a place well known on the map the taste of good chocolate is gone and many good jobs lost i know change can be for the good lets hope this is a new start

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