Oswego gives OK for Alexander Lumber demolition
By Jenette Sturges email@example.com @jenettesturges September 5, 2013 2:02PM
The former Alexander Lumber Co. site has sat empty since the lumberyard in downtown Oswego closed in 2006. On Tuesday, the village board gave the OK for its owners to demolish the building in hopes that the property would be more attractive to potential development. | Jenette Sturges~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 10, 2013 6:07AM
A “meddlesome” vacant building in downtown Oswego may soon meet its demise.
The Oswego Village Board has voted to authorize the demolition of the building, which has stood vacant in downtown Oswego, at 59 Adams St., for the past seven years.
“The demolition of the structure removes a potential safety issue for the residents of the village as well as an ongoing code enforcement challenge for both parties, not to mention a meddlesome structure in the heart of downtown,” a village memo read.
The approval will allow the owners of the property to demolish the building, cap off the utilities and allow the foundation to sit.
“The village has had a lot of ongoing discussions with the owners and attorney for Alexander Lumber encouraging them to either demo the building or to make the kind of improvements that one would view as being code compliant,” said Village Administrator Steve Jones. “After a number of discussions, it appears that they are moving toward the demo view, which would certainly remove an eyesore that’s been long-standing blight on the landscape with regard to Oswego.”
The resolution, he said, gave Alexander Lumber the OK to demolish the building, but leave behind the below-ground concrete foundation, which could then be either used or removed by any would-be purchaser of the property.
“Clearly the buildings themselves are the eyesore. There’s been vandalism, there’s been deterioration. There’s been a little bit of graffiti over time,” Jones said. “Maybe the potential of what that site could generate form a buyer’s perspective will be a little bit enhanced because they’re not looking at the building, they’re looking at the land, and that’s in effect where the value of the property is.”
The 24,000 square-foot vacant building sits on about 2 acres of land in downtown Oswego, next to Hudson Crossing Park and facing Washington Street. Jones said he did not know when the demolition might happen, because the ultimate decision lies with the property owners.