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Alexander Lumber Co. to be Demolished Next Week

A fence went up around the property Wednesday.

A fence went up around the Alexander Lumber Co. to prepare for its demolition next week.
A fence went up around the Alexander Lumber Co. to prepare for its demolition next week.

It’s officially time to wave good-bye to Alexander Lumber Co.

The building at 59 Adams Street has sat empty since 2006 and become a target for graffiti and an “eyesore,” according toVillage administrator Steve Jones.

Starting on Monday, it’ll become a target for a wrecking ball.

Building & Zoning Manager Patty Lariviere announced Tuesday that a demolition permit has been issued for the site and the demolition will begin next Monday.

A fence went up around the property on Wednesday morning, but Lariviere said residents can still park in the un-fenced in areas for the upcoming Christmas Walk.

The Alexander Lumber Co. building itself will be demolished, although its foundation and concrete on the ground will not be removed.

Lariviere said Alexander Lumber Co. was responsible for all of the costs associated with the demolition, including the permit, and there will be no cost to the Village. 

Jones commented at an earlier board meeting in September that following the demolition there won’t be anything protruding from the ground.


A full demolition will be completed when a buyer expresses an interest in the site. 

Jerry Bannister December 05, 2013 at 09:04 AM
Thinking back... Siegels, Hines, Builders Supply, 84 Lumber, and Alexander. We can't forget Penn's either. These are the places we went for lumber and hardware... Then came Builders Square-> Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards. I remember Alexander most because their lumber was overall the best. They were a bit pricey compared to some, but if you wanted the good stuff you went there. The employees were hardcore and they knew their stuff, they appreciated a customer that came in with a list, and knew exactly what they needed. Maybe that was part of the problem with the old school style lumber/hardware places...it's hard to tell. I look forward to what the future brings to this site. I have said for years it needs to be an expansion of the park. Maybe a band shell in the summer and an ice rink in the winter.
Forrest Miller December 05, 2013 at 12:06 PM
I did not live in Oswego until this place was long gone, but I would love to have a place like Jerry described. The employees in the box stores, for the most part, don't know their head from a hole in the ground. I couldn't even get anyone to help load some plywood the other day when I was at Home Depot. This was after I had asked where something was and the kid told me he was off the clock. That is customer service at it's finest! I shop alot at Ace Hardware. They may be a little higher but if you need something specific the guys in there know how to help you find it. I am glad that they are at least still around!
Candi L. Martin December 05, 2013 at 07:33 PM
I'd love the wood from the barn part of the structure is it possible to save it???

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