CORNING - The clock tower section of the former Northside Blodgett School is so rotted and deteriorated that there is nothing contractors can do to salvage the tower portion.

“(Neally-DeJong) crews have recently been inside the tower, and it’s pretty rotted,” said Jeffrey Eaton, president and CEO of Arbor Housing. “It doesn’t look like we’re going to be able to save the tower, so we’re going to try to take down the clock faces.”

Crews began razing the 96,400-square-foot building, which opened in 1927, in November and the entire site is expected to be torn down and removed from the site by early March.

“I know there were concerns about (the tower’s condition),” said C-PP Superintendent Mike Ginalski. “It’s an old building, to remove that tower with a crane was going to be challenging under the best circumstances.”

Ginalski said it’s a shame the clock tower section could not be saved.

“It’s too bad,” Ginalski said. “I know how much it meant to some people. As I’ve stated throughout, we will continue to work with the (Northside High School Alumni Association). It may be easier, from a financial standpoint, to design something for the clock faces.”

Bob Crocker, Alumni Association president, said hopefully enough can be saved of the tower section to be rebuilt.

“I had several people offer money, but we told them to hold of until we find out what we’re going to do (with the tower),” Crocker said. “That’s a shame. I will bring this up to the board and see how they feel.”

Alumni Association members long asked to have the clock tower section saved during the demolition of the school site and moved to a new location.

Once the former school site has been cleared, 26 property lots will be created and up for sale, according Arbor Housing officials. Lots can be developed into single-family market rate homes. The construction could begin early this spring. The approximate cost of a lot is $30,000.