BATH - Demolition of the old Steuben Bowling Academy, on East Steuben Street, is nearly completed.
“We expect the work to be finished in the next couple of weeks,” said Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler. “It’s just a matter of getting all of the debris removed and getting suitable fill back on the property.”
A wall of the 1646 East Steuben St., building, constructed in 1934, collapsed in Sept. 2018, officials said. The building was last accessed at $402,000. A bowling league was practicing as the wall caved in. No injuries were reported.
Wheeler said once the demolition is completed and the debris is removed the site will be used as a Steuben County Office Building parking lot.
“There are no immediate plans, but construction of the parking lot will likely begin in the spring of 2020,” Wheeler said. “It’s just getting a little late in the year to put in the parking lot. The plan was to get the building down this year and put in the parking lot in 2020.”
Wheeler said the parking lot will have 90 spaces.
“The main (parking) issue comes on busy court days. We needed more parking spaces for the public and for court staff, which are state employees,” Wheeler said. “We currently have enough parking for county employees.”
Ritter & Paratore Contracting, Inc. crews, of Utica, will be paid about $107,000 to complete the demolition and debris removal of the two-story building.
“The crews are doing a great job,” Wheeler said. “They did comment that the concrete of the building was in pretty rough condition. I know folks around here are upset (about the demolition of the old Bowling Academy building). I understand, I grew up bowling at that place and have a lot of fond memories. But after the collapse it wasn’t in a salvageable condition. I think the best use is happening.”