CORNING - Demolition crews are getting closer and closer to the historic clock tower section of the former Northside Blodgett School.
Neally-DeJong crews began razing the 96,400-square-foot building, which opened in 1927, in November and the entire structure is expected to be torn down and removed from the site by early March.
Northside High School Alumni Association members have long asked to have the clock tower section saved during the demolition and moved to a new location.
Jeffrey Eaton, president and CEO of Arbor Housing, said crews will be razing the area of the clock tower in late January or early February.
“The plan from our perspective is to try to take the (clock) tower down, as much as we can, without it falling apart,” Eaton said. “Our commitment is to remove the clock tower and the C-PP school district and the Alumni Association will come up with a plan in terms of what to do with it in the future.”
C-PP Superintendent Mike Ginalski said once the clock tower is taken down the district will house it at a location until further plans can be made for its future.
Bob Crocker, Alumni Association president, said the association is excited C-PP and Arbor Housing have been so cooperative and generous.
“(Northside High School) is part of my heart,” Crocker said. “We want the clock tower to be saved.”
Once the site has been cleared, 26 property lots will be created and up for sale, Eaton said. Lots can be developed into single-family market rate homes.
The construction could begin as early as the spring, officials said. The approximate cost of a lot is $30,000.
Arbor officials believes a lot with a home at the site will cost about $225,000, and likely built with a cottage feel that would best fit with the Northside neighborhood.
Plans are to sell lots to developers, build market rate homes for sale, and/or sell lots to potential homeowners.
Arbor decided to buy the site, bounded by Princeton Avenue, Cayuta Street, Onondaga Street and Kingsbury Avenue, in early 2017. The $200,000 sale of the Northside Blodgett School and property was overwhelmingly approved by voters.