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Coming Down

Kozy Corner building will be razed on Oct. 4

September 17, 2010
By BRIAN FERRY bferry@timesobserver.com
The Kozy Corner building at the corner of Market Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Warren will be demolished Oct. 4. City officials met with the building’s owner and the contractors in charge of the demolition Thursday morning. Jerry Hill, representing the ownership group Jets Properties, met with representatives from lead contractor Willis Builders of Warren, demolition contractor John Anderson, City Manager Jim Nelles, Building Code Official Alan Gustafson, Director of Public Works Mike Holtz, Public Works Superintendent Mike Reinke, and Police Chief Ray Zydonik to finalize details of construction. They talked about how the building would be taken down. Anderson said he expects to start at the back of the building and work toward Pennsylvania Avenue. According to Jack Willis Sr., Anderson will use a large excavator with an 80-foot reach to bring the building down. The Willis supervisors for the work will be Dan Phelps and Jack Willis Jr. The work could have an impact on traffic in the area, but will not result in any detours. “We are not planning on closing any roads,” Zydonik said. He said certain lanes could be closed during the demolition, but all directions of traffic would be open. Zydonik suggested closing two lanes of Pennsylvania Avenue and using the two southernmost lanes for all traffic. He also spoke with Willis about closing the westernmost lane of Market Street. Hill did not elaborate on future plans for the site, but said the existing building had to come down. “It got so far gone there’s no fixing it,” he said.

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Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry
Demolition discussion
City of Warren Police Chief Ray Zydonik, center, talks with lead contractor Jack Willis Sr., left, of Willis Builders and City Manager Jim Nelles about his concerns regarding the demolition of the Kozy Corner building at the northwest corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Market Street. That demolition is expected to begin on Oct. 4. Traffic impacts will include lane shifts but not the closure of any streets, according to Zydonik.

 
 

 

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