Demolition of former Estee school nears final stages

GLOVERSVILLE — The corner of North Main Street and Prospect Avenue is looking different these days following the final demolition of a city building.

The final bricks of the former Gloversville High School building have come down, which means developers can soon begin the process of constructing the new Estee Senior Housing complex.

Workers began the demolition project at the end of May and have been working steadily through to teardown the building.

The Estee Senior Housing project will cater to low-income seniors 55 and older.

Liberty Affordable Housing of Rome, in Oneida County, which owns apartment complexes in Amsterdam and other places, agreed in 2013 to buy the property.

Liberty will build 30- plus apartments in the planned facility.

Six of the units will be set aside for people with physical disabilities and/or frail elderly. Priority will be given to veterans for these six units.

This property lies next door to the Estee Commons apartment complex on Fremont Street that was converted into apartments a number of years ago.

The project has been awarded a number of grants including a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant.

For a while the project looked like it would not be going forward until a $3.7 million grant from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in 2016.

Environmental Remediation Services will be performing asbestos demolition on the site. E&R Engineering will be monitoring the asbestos demolition.

The construction of the new facility will take about a year to complete.

Compiled by K. Minor

By Patricia Older

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