By Joshua Maloni
A demolition crew is wasting no time tearing down the former Fairchild Manor nursing home site on Onondaga Street in Lewiston. An entire wing was removed on Monday, and enormous piles of metal, concrete, wood and brick were sorted and removed on Tuesday.
Village of Lewiston Projects Coordinator and Liaison W.E. "Skip" Hauth has been on site daily, and said, "A lot of what's going on right now is taking down the building structure. They're pulling steel and trusses out of the building and stacking it. They're in the process of pulling out the cinder block and the brick walls."
Demolition work is expected to continue until mid-April.
Hear Hauth's entire interview and watch demolition highlights in the video below.
The scene on site could best be described as a real-life, machine-driven "Jurassic Park." A giant, dinosaur-like Komatsu PC200 hydraulic excavator ripped and chewed and foraged its way through the building wing. The digger's giant jaw roared as its teeth sank into the mechanical meat.
Once the bones have been picked clean, so to speak, something new will inhabit the land.
Developer James Jerge owns the parcel of property. He was granted permission to remove the existing building and erect two new high-end apartment buildings.
As fast as the crew tore down the first wing, it was equally speedy in working to remove the debris piles on Tuesday and Wednesday.