County may raze factory

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County’s Demolition Team may tear down a former glove factory on South Market Street.

The county’s Economic Development and Environment Committee voted to have the Demolition Team demolish the buildings at 308 1/2 S. Market St. The full board of Supervisors will vote on the proposed resolution Oct. 14.

The property is owned by Nicholas A. Cannizzo Jr., but the city of Johnstown is preparing to take over the property.

“This is back to the original roots of our demolition program,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Stead said the team was formed many years ago with the intent of demolishing municipal-owned buildings, with the municipality paying a landfill tipping fee and the county providing labor and equipment.

The committee noted the main building has been deemed “structurally deficient, unsafe, a public safety hazard.”

The property consists of former glove factory buildings.

A porch on the larger of the two structures has collapsed, its foundation has caved in on one side, and the ground around it is littered with broken glass. The smaller building, a storage shed, has gaping holes in its roof.

County Solid Waste Director Jeffrey Bouchard indicated city of Johnstown officials passed a resolution in August to accept a quit-claim deed from Cannizzo to allow the demolition. Stead said the city’s acceptance of the deed will take effect upon the Board of Supervisors’ authorization to demolish the buildings.

“This is one Jeff [Bouchard] will fit into his schedule,” Stead said.

Bouchard said the team may demolish the buildings in October or November.

The city is responsible for a required state Department of Labor notification fee and for any air- monitoring costs required during demolition. The city also must pay a $25-per-ton disposal fee to the Department of Solid Waste.

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