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Crews from Celia Construction and Environmental Contracting and Construction Services installed fencing around the site of the Harison Place Project on Monday.  Asbestos abatement work is expected to start Wednesday and will last about two weeks.

Safety fencing goes up; asbestos abatement expected to start this week

Asbestos abatement is expected to start at the site of the Harison Place project and will last at least two weeks. 

In addition to asbestos abatement, steps to prepare the site for building removal are taking place. This includes fencing around the construction area, staging of heavy equipment and traffic safety barriers.  Citizen Advocates is completing a permit process through the state Department of Transportation in order to adjust the traffic pattern around the site during demolition.  Once the permit is issued, and asbestos abatement is completed, demolition is expected to begin.

A portion of the traffic plan was accelerated due to recent weather damage, resulting in a detour around the intersection of West Main Street and Harison Place.  Motorists on Main Street can access Duane Street off of Academy or Webster streets. 

“Citizen Advocates is carrying out its commitment to the community by removing blighted and decaying property,” said James Button, CEO of Citizen Advocates. “We look forward to the eventual completion of this transformational project with the addition of safe, affordable housing and thriving commercial space that complements the downtown business community.”

Referred to as the Harison Place project, the development on West Main Street in the Village of Malone includes street-level commercial storefronts with 40 units for supportive and low- to moderate-income housing.  The overall construction would fit aesthetically with existing downtown style and architecture.

Citizen Advocates is committing $6.7 million for the demolition phase of the project.  The Gorman building and five adjacent structures up to and including the former law office of David LaPlant are targeted for removal.  The former Sears building where the Kitchen, Bath, and Countertop Center is currently located is not part of the project. 

The balance of the funding for the $22 million initiative is provided through low-income housing tax credits, state and federal agencies, charitable foundations and financing.

In addition to providing a wide range of quality clinical services, Citizen Advocates offers supports that promote individual health through stable housing, job training and transportation.