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Fay Street warehouse to be demolished in February

By SPENCER DAVIDSON

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), along with the City of Utica has announced the date for demolition of a West Utica building, Friday.

NYSDOT Commissioner, Joan McDonald and Utica Mayor, Robert Palmieri, stated that the Fay Street Warehouse building will undergo controlled demolition on Sunday, February 9th.

According to the NYSDOT, the demolition has been deemed necessary as part of the $65 million reconstruction project on the North-South Arterial, the largest DOT project in the Mohawk Valley.

"The Utica North-South Arterial is the most significant link in the region's transportation system, carrying 40,000 vehicles per day," said Commissioner McDonald. "The project will enhance connectivity, aesthetics, and local mobility to stimulate economic activity in the City of Utica and the entire Mohawk Valley Region.

"I want to thank Governor Cuomo, Commissioner McDonald, and the entire Department of Transportation's Region 2 team for their partnership and investment in the City of Utica," said Mayor Palmieri. "With the advent of Utica-Nano coming to our region, it is essential that we have a state of the art highway to serve as the gateway to our newly arriving state of the art facilities."

The demolition will be conducted in the early morning hours on the 9th, with a Federal regulated 500-foot 'safe zone' established around the building. This will require certain businesses and residents to evacuate the area for a few hours until it has been determined safe to return.

The specific time has not been announced just yet, however, the date was picked to limit inconveniences for travelers who live and work near the warehouse.

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