Former Littauer Building to be razed

GLOVERSVILLE –A downtown building that partially collapsed earlier this year will be torn down.

Mayor Dayton King confirmed this morning that David Eager of Two Great Guys has agreed to have the building at 12-18 S. Main St. razed. King said a team from the city negotiated with Eager, and said Eager has also agreed to pay for the city’s legal fees.

King said in a Facebook statement Tuesday that the building owner has agreed to hire a local excavator to demolish the building. King wrote that the building owner will also remediate the property once the building is down. He stated the cost of the teardown was expected to be around $200,000.

King said this morning the city is hoping the building will be done by the end of the year.

“We don’t have a concrete date yet, but we are hoping everything is done before the end of 2017,” King said.

King said he appreciates Eagers stepping up and taking care of the property, something not every property owner does. He said in the past, the city has had to demolish large properties that were not taken care of by their owners.

“In the end, we negotiated with David, and this is good,” King said.

At around 9:45 a.m. on July 5, a section of the rear of what was once known as the Littauer Building fell in on itself. The section that collapsed was in the 16-18 portion of the building.

The front of the building and the connected sections at 12-14 remained intact following the incident.

A bucket loaders were brought in the next afternoon and workers had to remove debris to help stabilize the property.

Mayoral candidate and city firefighter Bill Rowback said this morning with some of these larger teardowns that are being done by independent groups, the city fire department will sometimes loan out hoses and nozzles to allow them to wet down the building materials as they come down to keep dust to a minimum. He said they also allow the usage of the nearest fire hydrants.

He said the department did something similar with the Estee property teardown earlier this year.

Rowback said its sad to see a historic building come down. He said the city’s historic downtown is something that should be preserved.

“There is a lot of history that is going to be torn down,” Rowback said.

He said he wished the property owners had a plan and schedule for the property when they purchased it “instead of teardown all the floors out of it and making it unsafe.”

He said taking the building down is a good idea, however, due to its condition.

“It’s a good and safe solution to the problem,” Rowback said.

Rowback said several people, including Sixth Ward Supervisor Wrandy Siarkowski and Fifth Ward Supervisor Jay Zarrelli, have called for the building to be torn down in the past.

The building that collapsed is owned by Two Great Guys Corp. out of Saratoga Springs. The company purchased the property in 2008 for $6,400 according to Fulton County tax records.

The property had been given code violations previously for failure to maintain the interior of the property.

City Building Inspector Brandon Myers stated after the collapse that the city had been trying to work with the building owner to get the property up to code.

Eager had offered the property to the city as a donation earlier this year. Members of the Common Council turned down the offer, stating they needed more information about the structural integrity of the building.

King said in July he doesn’t think the council was ever really interested in accepting the building.

Kerry Minor can be reached at kminor@leaderherald.com.

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