Oneida County and the City of Utica have joined in a shared services agreement to demolish a building that will pave the way for a new entrance to the county public market at union station.
Renovations to the REA wing, railroad express agency has been an on going multi million dollar project. Demolition of an old building located at 417-421 Main St. in Utica began on June 29th and was completed on July 6.
“It leads to more development in that area I believe. You know people are going to take more notice of the REA wing…” —Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive
Back in September of 2019, the county purchased the property for $30,000 dollars which was approved by the board of legislators. The demolition is estimated at $350,000 dollars.
“It could have cost more but when you do it internally and working with two levels of government, there’s great savings there.” —Picente
The City of Utica Department of Public Works donated the labor for the demolition team while the county rented the equipment, hired consultants and paid the tipping fees. The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority will be hauling away the debris which will take about two to three weeks.
“In the next week or so we’ll outline and display the plans for what the entrance way there will look like because that will really be an opening entrance way to the REA wing to the public market. That’s what we always envisioned, that we could open it up, have some more green space there, have additional parking and really highlight what’s down there.” —Picente