UTICA, NY (WUTR-TV) — After a structural engineer identified areas of the former CharlesTown USA mall needed to come down, municipal officials plan ask the federal government for help.
“The city, nor the town, has the wherewithal–financially–and the current owner (CharlesTown Mall of Utica LLC) does not have the wherewithal to rectify the problem,” Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri told Eyewitness News.
Former home to Savage Arms, UNIVAC and retail, the CharlesTown USA Mall sits on Turner Street, primarily in the Town of Frankfort (Herkimer County), however, a western sliver resides in the City of Utica (Oneida County).
Historically speaking, Palmieri said it would take “millions and millions of dollars” for demolition and remediation of the mall.
Palmieri says he plans to sign and send a letter, along with the Town of Frankfort Supervisor Glenn Asnoe, to the Environmental Protection Agency to inquire if federal ‘superfund’ assistance can be allocated to take the building down.
The building has holes and partial collapse in ceilings and floors, according to Utica Fire Chief Scott Ingersoll.
“There’s a lot of contents left within the building that are all combustable,” Ingersoll said.
Fire officials could not safely reach every part of the building, when multiple blazes were set on various floors this past summer, according to Ingersoll.