Major demolition work has gotten underway in Downtown Utica, in the path of the new hospital to be built in the area. One of the first buildings to be taken down is among one of the better known structures, the former Berger’s Department store at the corner of Columbia and Cornelia streets. The most recent occupant of the building was Norm Seakan TV & Appliances.
Berger’s was a downtown staple from the 1920’s through the mid-1960s. It was a full department store, with clothing, furniture, appliances and household supplies. In the 1970’s Seakan’s Appliances acquired the building and located there.
We’ll have more on developments related to the Downtown Utica hospital on Eyewitness News tonight.