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Old Oswego Village Hall Coming Down

Aug 05, 2015 06:08AM ● By Steven Jack

The building at 113 Main St. has previously housed both the Oswego police and fire departments.

Oswego’s former Village Hall building will soon meet the wrecking ball. 

The crumbling building at 113 Main St. has become a danger and liability and is an impediment to the redevelopment of that area of the downtown, according to village officials. Trustees at their Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday gave the go-ahead to Building and Zoning Manager Jay Hoover to seek bids for its demolition. 

The hope is to have it torn down before this year’s Christmas Walk activities Dec. 4-6, Hoover said. Work could begin in early to mid-October.

“We have had several perspective purchasers of the building who have gone through it with the idea that there would be something to salvage there,” said interim village administrator Carrie Hansen. “Without fail they’ve said they can’t (do anything with it). There’s actually more value to us without the building there then with the building.”

The condition of the building has deteriorated greatly since the village moved its offices to the new Village Hall in 2008. In fact, anyone who now enters the building, is required to sign a liability waiver.

“My feeling is to get it down as soon as we can,” said Trustee Pam Parr. “I'd hate to go another winter with that liability hanging out there. All we need is a good snow and or wind and we could have some other problems.”

Hoover said the demolition process would take about a month, with one week planned for the removal of asbestos flooring, seven to 10 days to tear down the structure and another week to back fill and stabilize the land. Previous bids for the work in 2010 ranged from $30,000 to $50,000, Hoover said. 

The former Village Hall was completed in 1923 and was originally built as a fire station for the Oswego Fire Protection District, according to village documents. It also housed the Police Department at one time.