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February 13, 2013

Report favors building demolition


Macarthur gave the village a report with three options for the building, along with cost estimates:

▶ Stabilizing it could cost about $300,000 but only as a short-term solution because the site would continue to deteriorate with no ongoing maintenance, the report states.

▶ Repairing and selling it would cost at least $60,000 to $100,000 in engineering fees on top of an unknown amount to stabilize the structure and another $300,000 to $1 million for construction.

This option “is difficult to justify financially, as these costs could easily be 10 times the repaired value of the building,” the report states.

▶ Demolition would cost $100,000 to $250,000, plus another $50,000 for engineering, but it would eliminate the problem, the report states.


Macarthur recommends demolition and seeking assistance from regional stakeholders who would be impacted by the collapse, including the State Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

He also recommends the Village Department of Public Works develop a contingency plan to respond to a possible collapse, such as traffic control and obtaining pumping equipment to use if the sewer line were to rupture.

Haley recently closed the sidewalk in front the structure to pedestrians and contacted officials for Thursday’s meeting. 

“We’re looking for financial assistance because the village can’t do this alone,” he said.


The building to the immediate west is owned by John Mills and occupied by Stewart Rowley, who bought For Arts Sake and its custom-framing business and art gallery four years ago.

He has had to cancel art classes scheduled for March and cannot in good conscience hold exhibits or musical events because “the liability would be astronomical,” he said Tuesday.

“(The building next door) needs to be demolished and taken down as soon as possible,” Rowley said. “The engineers have no idea when it will come down — in three months or a year from now.

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