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Demolition of historic county jail to begin

Oct 02, 2020 5:30 am
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media asbestos abatement in the historic Greene County Jail building will commence October 5; the abatement should be completed within 30 days and the entire demolition within 90 days. The demolition contract was awarded in August to Jackson Demolition Service Inc., of Schenectady, in the amount of $344,431. The company was also awarded more than $70,000 to remove the Ohio sandstone from the exterior of the building. There are two ways to remove the sandstone and Greene County Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger said he was unsure which method will be used. "I know that they’re going to be doing [abatement] on the inside while there’s a crew on the outside removing the sandstone,” Linger said. “The only request [for the sandstone] was from Stanton Cemetery Association in New Baltimore to put some benches together, so we will make sure to accommodate that,” he said. The county received the needed permits for the project from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Transportation last month. The demolition project will not cause any road closures, but there will likely be temporary traffic control as equipment is moved in and out of the site. Built in 1908, the former county jail and sheriff’s office located on Bridge Street in Catskill are listed on state and national historic registries. The jail was closed in April 2018. A new county jail is currently under construction in Coxsackie. According to an evaluation by the Dutch American Architectural Group in collaboration with Historic Catskill, the existing Greene County Jail may be the last county jail of its kind statewide. Once the building is ripped down county officials are eyeing the property for additional parking and office space, Linger said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.
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