By Jeffery Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
CORNING - Completion of the demolition of the smoke stack portion of the century-old former Corning Hospital site has been delayed slightly.
Phil Roche, Guthrie Corning Hospital board chairman, said a gas line that currently runs below the smoke stack portion of the site must be shut down and relocated before that portion of the demolition will be complete.
“The line has to be shut down and a new one built before the smoke stack will be razed,” Roche said. “The demolition will probably be pushed back at least a month. We know when (will it be razed) is something that a lot of people want to know,. We don’t have an exact time just yet.”
Roche said ERSI crews are expected to complete the demolition of the large former hospital site, at 176 E. Denison Parkway, in early spring. The total cost of the project is expected to be less than $7 million.
“We’re very happy the process has gone so smoothly,” Roche said.
Roche said the “big unknown” is when work will begin on the large residential apartments that will fill the near 8-acre former Corning Hospital site.
Work will include two large residential apartments, a downtown Corning Community College nursing center, a one-story bank building and a two-story office building, said Jerold D. Watkins, senior real estate manager at Rochester-based Riedman Companies, which has agreed to purchase the property one the current building is razed.
Work at the former Corning Hospital site is expected to start in late 2017.
Construction of a 21,000 square-foot Corning Community College Health and Education Center, the first phase of the redevelopment of the former Corning Hospital site, is on schedule to open in August, in time for fall classes, said Katherine P. Douglas, CCC president.