Work will begin this week on the controversial plan to stabilize the Burrous Building on North Main Street in Wellsville. A $130,000 contract has been awarded to K S LaForge Excavating of Wellsville to perform the work. Company owner Kevin LaForge told RNN that the project should take "about six weeks or so." He said his company will stabilize the structure, make roof rand other repairs and hopefully open up the Main Street sidewalk to safe pedestrian traffic again.
In 2012, a portion of the structure collapsed. Recently, the village of Wellsville assumed ownership of the property and was awarded $290,000 in federal funds to shore up the building, with an eye on potential future development.
At Monday nights village board meeting, Bill Whitfield, Public Works Director, said that "for safety reasons," Gabby Hayes Lane would be closed during the work.
The Burrous Building has been a source of significant local controversy. Last month, former housing official Susan Szczbacki was highly critical of the rehab plan (story here.) The fate of the building has been the subject of strong and emotional debate on social media.