Historians might not get their wish regarding Arterial project – Utica, NY – The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, New York

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UTICA — An effort by local historians and preservationists to encourage deconstruction rather than demolition along the North-South Arterial project might fall short.

Deconstruction is the process of taking buildings apart piece by piece and selling the material for reuse. It breaks down into two parts: the older, antique fixtures and handmade pieces such as wooden banisters; and lumber and other building materials that might be reused.

But the winning bidder of the demolition contract will decide if it wants to use any of the materials in the buildings or just tear them down, said state Department of Transportation spokesman Jim Piccola.

“It’s their prerogative,” he said. “The demolition contract does not call for deconstruction. They can take it down brick by brick if they want. They just have to meet the project deadline.”

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