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Former Navy Depot building collapses

Glenville officials push feds for demolition, but process could take time

A building at the former Scotia Navy Depot partially collapsed on Sunday, June 15, 2012. Town officials called upon federal officials to demolish the collapsed building.

A building at the former Scotia Navy Depot partially collapsed on Sunday, June 15, 2012. Town officials called upon federal officials to demolish the collapsed building. Submitted photo

— Schenectady County Economic Development and Planning Ray Gillen said the design phase to tackle the plume is ongoing. The county obtained quotes from two separate demolition firms and both were around $800,000 to demolish all the buildings on site, according to Gillen. The collapsed building could increase demolition costs, because asbestos removal will be more complicated.

“We have been in constant contact with GSA and DEC to make sure this project keeps moving forward,” Gillen said in an email. “The county and town officials met with GSA in Boston to keep pushing forward with the environmental solution needed at the former Depot.”

Gillen said Glenville officials “acted swiftly” to declare the collapsed building as unsafe. He said GSA and Rep. Paul Tonko’s office were sent a notice the same day the town declared it unsafe.

“Congressman Tonko’s office immediately contacted GSA officials in Albany, Boston and Washington to make sure that the building was secured and properly dealt with,” Gillen said in an email. “GSA officials came on site and secured the buildings and they are now working on the best approach to (demolish) and clean up of the structure.”

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