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August 2, 2013

Step Back in Time: Aug. 2, 2013

The Daily Star

---- — Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Aug. 2, 1988

Oneonta city engineer James Suozzo is recommending that the city tear down two buildings near the Gas Avenue Bridge.

Suozzo made the recommendation in a memo dated July 28 several weeks after toxic coal tar deposits were found while a new bridge was under construction at the Gas Avenue crossing, one of two entrances to Neahwa Park.

The former gas house and dog warden’s building should be torn down “to limit any possible exposure to employees and spectators” and reduce the amount of surface water moving through nearby areas, Suozzo wrote.

An undetermined amount of hazardous coal tar was found where the city was going to build the new bridge in June. The deposits are a byproduct of a coal-gasification process used by the New York State Electric and Gas Corp. until 1953 at its nearby plant.

The plant, a white painted brick building located near the Damaschke Field entrance just over the bridge, is one of the buildings Suozzo said should be demolished.

Suozzo’s memo came before the Parks and Recreation Commission at a Monday meeting. One member said he thought it would be a shame to tear down the former plant because of its architectural beauty.

The building could be renovated and city officials are considering some uses for it according to Alderman Robert Bard.

It is currently used by the Public Works Department as a storage area.

Suozzo recommended that once the former gas house and old dog kennel are torn down that the area be capped with asphalt.


50 years ago

Aug. 2, 1963

STAMFORD (Special) — A recent real estate sale in Stamford, significant because of its location in the shopping district in the western section of the village, has been culminated.

Omer H. Edwards, former village mayor, who on Sept. 15 will celebrate his 80th birthday, has sold to the Sun Oil Co. the triangularly shaped parcel of land at Harper and West Main streets.

Presently located on the parcel is a commercial garage owned by Mr. Edwards since 1918, and facing Harper Street, at the junction of two streets, a building occupied by the Kelly Brothers plumping and heating establishment.

The Kelly building was constructed in 1934 by Mr. Edwards as a restaurant which he operated for some time.

The two buildings on the site, it is reported, are to be demolished about Sept. 1 and a service station constructed.