MALONE — The village is awaiting final approval from the state’s Department of Transportation, in order to begin demolition of the Gorman building — a project that officials hope will be done by the end of the year, Code Enforcement Officer Brian Lamondie said Thursday.
The building that currently sits at the corner of West Main Street and Harison Place — along with each structure leading up to the Royal Forge — will be taken down to make room for a $25 million revitalization project of the strip, by Citizens Advocates.
Lamondie said demolition will begin “very soon,” once the village hears back from DOT officials. The village has already been issued a permit and further dialogue from the DOT would include detour planning, as well as a more specific demolition timetable.
Because Route 11 is a state road, no detours have been planned by the village, surrounding West Main Street. The stretch of Harison Place, between Duane Street and West Main has been closed, though Lamondie said at this time, no additional side roads in close proximity to the building will be closed off. The closure of Harison Place was due to reports of some loose bricks falling from the Gorman building, near the road, Lamondie said.
Demolition of the Gorman building structure was initially planned to begin the third week of April, with Citizen Advocates officials in March adding, full demolition could take anywhere between 6-8 weeks.
Citizens Advocates Chief Executive Officer James Button said at the time, once the grounds of the building are established as stable, workers would break for the summer months — before the project continues again into 2022.