What's Next After Crews Raze Burned Watertown Building?

What's Next After Crews Raze Burned Watertown Building?

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A vacant building is being demolished after a massive fire ripped through the property on Newell Street in Watertown last month.

The property is owned by Samaritan Medical Center. It's now in the hands of the contractors who are working to take it down.

Samaritan spokesperson Krista Kittle says the demolition will take some time.

"We were required to get a couple of permits in order to be able to do that. So, those have come through and work began yesterday on the site. We are progressing. I'm told it's supposed to take between two and three weeks," she said.

Kittle says Samaritan had no choice but to knock the building down. She also says the property will go up for sale once the building is destroyed entirely.

Councilwoman and real estate broker Lisa Ruggiero says with the property backing up to the Black River, there's definitely room for potential.

"Optimistically, this could result in something even bigger and better than what the use of the property has been. Here it's been used for storage and now we could be looking at something that could 'rise from the ashes,' so to speak," said Ruggiero.

"We've heard through third parties that there's been some discussion among Advantage Watertown and other groups like that about the property," said Kittle.

We reached out to Advantage Watertown committee members. Although they won't speak on camera, they say discussions have happened about possible opportunities for the property and that they "would love to see it flourish."

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