The ongoing saga that is the demolition of the former Nestle factory in Fulton is nearing completion. Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. said Rowlee Construction will continue work on the site with a legislative grant from Senator Patty Ritchie funneled through the DEC. […]
Stephen Proietta from Aldi’s contractor, National Contracting addressed questions from the public after a regular meeting of the Fulton Common Council on Tuesday, October 17. Aldi, the international supermarket chain, is constructing a new store location on the corner of Fay and South Fourth Streets in Fulton on a parcel of the former Nestle factory site. The City of Fulton acquired the 24-acre lot at 555 South Fourth Street by tax foreclosure in November of 2015 after the buildings sat mostly empty since Nestle closed in 2003. Today, nearly two years after acquisition, the site is anticipating complete demolition of the former factory by the end of the year with an Aldi store on a 2.2-acre lot slated to open in mid-December. The demolition of the dilapidated factory was plagued with several interruptions and contract amendments between the city and Aldi pushed back construction of the store, but as framework of the store goes up on site, residents are realizing the final steps of the store’s journey to Fulton are happening. County Legislator Frank Castiglia Jr. arranged for both Stephen Proietta of National Contracting and Ted Rowlee of Rowlee Construction to speak to the public in regards to the ongoing work at the site including the construction of the Aldi store and the demolition of the former factory buildings after several constituents in his district posed questions.
A traffic pattern change is anticipated for a portion of State Route 481 in Fulton on Tuesday, September 19. Traffic will be lessened to one lane in both directions in the area near the former Nestle site to allow for completion of demolition. City officials are warning travelers of this route to be aware of the lane reduction and prepare for any traffic delays that may result.
The Fulton Common Council has unanimously approved a demolition resolution that may be the final stage in the ongoing demolition at the former Nestle site. Rowlee Construction Inc. of Fulton was awarded the demolition project to tear down the remaining structures on the 24-acre site including buildings #2,4A,58,60,63,70 after submitting the lowest bid. Demolition on site has been ongoing since shortly after the city received the 24-acre site located at 555 S. Fourth St. on tax foreclosure in November 2015.
The announcement of a $250,000 grant secured for the former Nestle site in Fulton has city officials “thrilled” for the ongoing development of the site. Federal funding from the Northern Border Regional Commission’s Economic and Infrastructure Development Investment Program will benefit needed infrastructure work for further development of the 24-acre site located at 555 S. Fourth St. “This was a very competitive type grant from a federal funding source. We had found that we were up against some other projects locally so we’re very thrilled to receive this,” said Joe Fiumara, executive director of the Fulton Community Development Agency.
The 24-acre former Nestle site in Fulton will see continued demolition as city officials have unanimously approved a resolution to advertise for bids on the project. All sealed bids submitted to the city clerk/chamberlain on or before August 18 up to 2 p.m. will be a lump sum amount for the demolition of the remaining buildings on the site including buildings #2, #4A, #58, #60, #63, and #70 and will include evidence of the contractor’s qualifications to complete the work. Bid documents specify the successful bidder must be ready and able to begin work by August 31 with a 60 day completion timeline for demolition of buildings #2 and #4a that line State Route 481 and completed demolition of the remaining buildings by December 31.
The Fulton Common Council declared the former Nestles site located at 555 S. Fourth St. “an imminent danger” at a regular meeting held Wednesday. After a long demolition process plagued with several interruptions, few buildings remain standing on the 24-acre site with piles of debris left scattered about. Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. said structurally compromised buildings and remaining asbestos are main contributors to the decision to declare the site a danger. With the approval of this resolution, the current contractor on site, Rowlee Construction, will be authorized to remain on site and continue working under the current contract.
The Fulton Common Council unanimously approved a $3.5 million bond resolution for the demolition of various city owned properties. It’s anticipated that the majority of the bond total will be expended on the ongoing demolition at the former Nestle site following new information from the Department of Labor. City officials just learned that they are required to clear all debris from the Nestle site in its entirety before they can continue demolition to remaining structures.
This week, local archivist Tom Tryniski revisits a piece of the glory days of Fulton, the days when it was a city full of factories.
None was bigger or better known than Nestle, and with the effort to revive the closed chocolate plant stuck in court, Tom shows us an average day when the plant was full of people.Ã‚Â Notice the full parking lot.