Demo expected to start this afternoon on Albion warehouse

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 October 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Firefighters are using two ladder trucks to keep down embers and hot spots in the smoldering ruins of the Orleans Pallet at the corner of Hamilton Street and Route 31 in the village of Albion. These photos were taken at about noon.

ALBION – A massive Median sandstone warehouse, a landmark structure along Route 31 for more than a century, may not be standing by the end of the day.

Demolition contractors are mobilizing and expect to start knocking down the walls of the Orleans Pallet building this afternoon.

Contractors are expected to start on the east side of the building, next to Empire Coatings Inc. That business hasn’t been able to fully resume work operations today because of the unsteady sandstone wall next door.

Police Chief Roland Nenni said the village and contractors want the wall to be safely knocked in on the pile of debris as soon as possible so Empire can fully run its operations.

“They will take down enough of it to make it safe,” Nenni said at noon.

Environmental Construction Group in Albion is lead contractor for the demolition. A contractor from Rochester is helping with the project and is expected on site at about 1 p.m.