Ithaca Gun Factory Demolition

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 26, 2009 at 12:21 AM EDT

It used to be a thriving business in Ithaca, now it's just rubble.

Today, the demolition began at the Ithaca gun factory building, and as Jason Douglas reports, crews are finding interesting things inside.

Since it's quarantine in 2006, the Ithaca Gun Factory building been a toxic eye sore.

David Bianchi is the managing partner of Bianchi Industrial Services, the group in charge of its demolition, and even he was surprised to find what's inside.

"Somehow, they got a car in the basement, which is an old Mercedes that they stripped down," said Bianchi.
Along with that, there's the awful physical and structural condition of the building itself.
Bianchi says, that's why it's taken so long to get the demolition on track.

"When you start pulling the walls down, you start doing this, you know you're just, what you're doing is uncovering secrets. We've at that point now finally, that we're putting the wrecking ball to it."

Mark Finkelstein is the former owner of the building, and lives right across the street.

He says with this destruction, Ithaca loses some of its tradition.

"To many people it was the shotguns that were produced here, that are the most famous product you might say of Ithaca. So there's a lot of history to this place," said Finkelstein.

But even Finklestein knows that it's time to move on.

"It's been empty and dilapidated for years, its posed a hazard of various sorts. Hopefully this is really an important milestone and the beginning a very good new chapter." said Finkelstein.

An apartment complex is planned to be built in place of the factory.

But Finkelstein says the road it's on will always be known as Gun Hill Road.

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