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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A western New York company has been awarded a nearly $1.6 million contract to finally begin the long-planned demolition of two buildings at Albany's Harriman State Office Campus.

The office of state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced this week that the contract has been awarded to Lockport-based Titanium Demolition and Remediation Group to raze Buildings 1 and 1A. The demolition work will be done this year.

The state Office of General Services announced in September that the buildings will be demolished, five years after they were initially supposed to be torn down.

The space opened up by tearing down the vacant two buildings will provide a staging area for the renovation of Building 5 to house the state's new Business Services Center.

The Harriman office campus is on 330 acres in western Albany.