JOHNSTOWN - The demolition last week of a Fulton County Industrial Development Agency-owned building on Route 30A - designed to clear the area for future development - went well, a county government official said.
"We did it on [Nov. 14] and [Nov. 15]; there were no problems," county Department of Solid Waste Director Jeff Bouchard said Monday.
Work to raze the vacant building was done by the county Demolition Team run through his department.
IDA Executive Director James Mraz recently told his board work might not get done until the end of the year.
Bouchard said the demolition team was able to get to the work fairly quickly, adding: "We don't fool around."
The demolition team was formed in 2001 to help raze municipally-owned buildings by lending county manpower and equipment to the projects.
The IDA-owned building was situated on the west side of Route 30A - between Opportunity Drive and Enterprise Drive - near the Johnstown Industrial Park.
At the IDA's request, the Fulton County Board of Supervisors in October authorized the demolition team to raze the structure at the IDA's request to clear that area for future development. Nature of the development wasn't specified by the IDA.
Action by the demolition team followed a $2,000 payment by the IDA to the state Department of Labor. The Department of Solid Waste also had to work with National Grid to get power cut off to the building prior to demolition.
Mraz told his board developable space for new projects in the county's industrial parks is dwindling. He mentioned there is only 4.5 acres of "real developable land" at the Crossroads Industrial Park on Route 29 in Gloversville.
He said the Crossroads Incubator Corp., which handles real estate projects for parent company Center for Regional Growth, used to own many buildings in the county and is down to about six.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org