By Jeff Smith

CORNING - Work to build a three-and-four story residential building and a First Heritage Federal Credit Union Corporate Headquarters at the former Corning Hospital site, off Denison Parkway, are two of several local projects temporarily delayed.

Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo suspended all non-essential construction statewide to help prevent the coronavirus pandemic from spreading further.

“Construction sites throughout the city have been shut down,” said City Manager Mark Ryckman. “The Governor’s Executive Order provides limited exceptions.”

The temporary ban currently runs through April 19. It covers typical residential or commercial construction, but not essential jobs related to hospitals and health care facilities, transit, utilities, roads, bridges, homeless shelters and emergency repairs.

Violators will face fines of up to $10,000 per offense, officials said.

The construction of both the residential building, which will house 90 market rate apartments, and the First Heritage Corporate Headquarters projects, are each expected to be completed later this year.

Other projects delayed by the suspension include work to build a spec house on a corner at the former Northside Blodgett site, and the ongoing demolition and removal of Craig Park Pool, which is expected to be completed in the summer months.

The former Northside Blodgett School site will eventually house 26 single-family homes at the site.

C-PP Superintendent Mike Ginalski said work to overhaul the high school pool, built in 1970, is currently still underway.

“We are seeking legal transparency,” Ginalski said. “It is (the non-essential construction statewide ruling) unclear what qualifies in the language (of the law).”