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.