Dilapidated Water Street building in Massena could be gone by Christmas
Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 9:02 am

By ANDY GARDNER

MASSENA -- The crumbling former apartment house at 68 Water Street could be gone by next week, according to Public Works Superintendent Hassan Fayad.

“I told them we need to see some type of demolition commence before the holiday,” Fayad told the Board of Trustees on Tuesday night.

The village received two bids to clear the building, but James Venier, who owns the building, had already retained T.J. Fiacco Construction.

Fayad said Venier can save a lot of money by hiring the contractor. If the village did it, they would have to pay prevailing wage, which would be billed to the building owner.

The building, adjacent to the former Massena Building Supply, was badly damaged in a 2008 fire. The roof is completely gone and second-floor walls are crumbled, except for a small portion on the east side. The apartment and former supply company share a wall, which had to be rebuilt in order for the building to be torn down.