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Gouverneur town, village join forces to demolish vacant garage

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GOUVERNEUR — The town and village have joined forces to explore the demolition of a vacant commercial garage at 374 E. Main St. so the state Department of Environmental Conservation can clean up contaminated soil at the site.

With the building down, the empty lot could become part of the state Department of Transportation road reconstruction project.

“If we don’t get this taken care of, we’re going to have this eyesore,” Code Enforcement Officer Michael J. McQuade said.

The DEC cleaned up what contamination it could on the property in 2013 but more remains under the building. Gouverneur officials want the building gone so the property could be used to create a turning lane to improve access for Cives Steel, a Kinney Drugs warehouse and an industrial park of the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency on Factory Street.

The $9.1 million Department of Transportation project includes reconstruction of East Main Street from North Gordon to Railroad streets. The work includes water and sewer line replacements, the closure of Beckwith Street and intersection changes.

The town and village will meet with the DOT contractor about how the building might be removed.

Mr. McQuade said the building does not contain hazardous materials.

“The trucking part is going to be the biggest thing,” he said.

Removal could be tricky because the garage, which has back taxes on it, is at a busy intersection, Trustee Charles W. Newvine said.

There are utility wires and a house nearby.

“It’s going to be a tough demolition,” he said.

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