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Oswego backs demolition of lumber yard building
Official: removal of Alexander building will eliminate 'meddlesome structure'
by John Etheredge
The Oswego Village Board approved a resolution Tuesday evening authorizing the demolition of the former Alexander Lumber Yard building at Washington (U.S. Route 34) and Adam streets in the village's downtown.
Village Administrator Steve Jones noted the resolution affirms the village's position that Alexander be allowed to tear down the building but leave the foundation in place, at grade level.
In a memo to the board, Patty Lariviere, the village's building and zoning manager, noted "The demolition of the structure removes a potential safety issue for the residents of the village as well as an ongoing code enforcement challenges for both parties, not to mention a meddlesome structure in the heart of downtown."
Lariviere also noted the board of directors for Alexander Lumber recently voted to demolish the building.
The building has been vacant since Alexander shutdown the lumber yard about eight years ago. The property remains for sale.
Jones noted that over the years the deteriorating building has become an eyesore and target for vandals.
He added that he is "very optimistic" that Alexander will now proceed with the demolition of the building.