The building that’s going to be demolished is the Fay street warehouse along the aterial. It’s the next step in a sixty-five million dollar project meant to improve the flow of traffic on one of the busiest stretches of roadway in the Mohawk Valley.
With demolition comes new growth. The plan to improve the arterial in Utica calls for just that.
The fay street warehouse is one of things that has to go before the project goes forward. It will be imploded in February by Advanced Explosion Demolition, which imploded this ConAgra building in Ohio in January 2012.
"The new alignments going to go almost right through, you know, where the building is now,” said DOT spokesman Jim Piccola.
The arterial carries forty thousand cars a day. That makes this project the biggest DOT project in the Mohawk Valley.
"It’s definitely a huge impact,” said Piccola.
If you look at the holes on the wall behind me, that’s the side of the building that they are going to blow first, because its farthest away from the current arterial, which they don’t want to get debris on.
“Its major corridor through the city of Utica and again,” said Piccola,” that’s the one thing we do not want to do; is have impact to the arterial itself."
The next phase of construction won’t begin until around June or July, which will leave the rubble from the demolition to sit until then.
"I'm sure it’s going to be a big eye sore,” said Adrienne Zito,” but as long as the roads stay open and we're accessible I don’t see a big problem with it though."
With construction though there is always some form of delay.
"We may have some minor delay, but for the most part there won’t be major impact to that," said Piccola.
Shop owner Adrienne Zito is looking on the bright side of it all,"I think it will help the businesses and just help the atmosphere and look of the area."
The next step for the DOT is putting out the bid for the next phase of the project, which will happen in March.
The demolition will take place on February 9th and the people that I talked to today in the surrounding neighborhoods say they are already planning viewing parties for the big day.