Demolition of a former dentist office 33 Center St. is expected to start in the next few weeks, clearing the way for a new firehouse, a construction manager told the Village Board at its meeting Tuesday evening.
“The site will begin to look drastically different,” said Mike Drozdowski of the LiRo Group, which is managing the $6 million building project.
The prospect of land clearing prompted some caution.
Trustee Libby Weberg suggested the Tree Board be included in tree-cutting decisions.
“Can’t wait,” said Fire Chief Roger LeBlanc, when Mayor Allan Kasprzak asked if he had anything to add to the discussion.
Construction of the firehouse has been planned for spring after dirt is compacted to make a strong ground layer beneath the 28,000-square-foot structure.
Also during the meeting, the board learned from an engineer’s assessment that the shipping building on the Roycroft Campus has continued to deteriorate. The crack that can be seen from the outside has continued to widen.
The owner, Boyce Lydell, has not responded to village concerns that he did not repair the building this summer as promised, said Bill Kramer, code enforcement officer.
Now, the village must go to court to begin to levy fines for the building’s condition and to get a warrant to go inside.
Kramer noted a citation for an unsafe building can cost $1,000 and property maintenance failure is $250.