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GLENS FALLS — The long-anticipated makeover of South Street is set to take its first step with the demolition of four buildings this spring.

The city issued a request for bids to take down the former OTB building at 51-57 South St., which will be the future home of the year-round indoor farmers market, as well as the two buildings on either side — the former Juicin’ Jar at 45 South St. and the former Daily Double at 59-63 South St.

In addition, a house at 17 School St. will be taken down for a future pocket park adjacent to the parking garage on School Street.

“Demolition will probably take place in late May, early June,” said EDC Warren County President Edward Bartholomew at Thursday’s Glens Falls Industrial Development Agency meeting.

Bartholomew said the process took a little longer because the buildings are in a historic district and city officials wanted to do their due diligence.

A required meeting for prospective bidders will take place on May 1 at 10 a.m. at 51-57 South St.

“We felt it was important there be ample time to review the specs and have a mandatory meeting,” he said. “Any questions that come up we need to respond to them.”

Bids are due no later than May 24 at 2 p.m. in the city of Glens Falls Purchasing Department. Two city-owned buildings that are not being demolished are the former Hot Shots building at 45 South St. and the former garment factory, which was later unsuccessfully marketed as business incubator space, at the corner of Elm and South streets.

Bartholomew said the hope is that because these buildings are adjacent to the market, the ground floor of the buildings would have access to the market. Bartholomew envisioned something similar to Quincy Market in Boston.

The next step is for a request for qualifications for interested developers to redevelop these sites.

The farmers market, dubbed the Market on South Street, is the centerpiece of the project and is estimated to cost about $5 million. Plans are being developed for the indoor market and will be shared with the Common Council, according to Bartholomew. He said in the next four or five weeks, a request for qualifications will be issued for interested developers for that project.

The project is part of the $10 million state Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant that the city received.

In other news related to the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, construction on the arts trail is set to begin soon, now that the weather is warmer. The banners will be hung and pavement markers will be installed along the trail to connect various arts destinations, including The Shirt Factory, Park Theater, Charles R. Wood Theater and Chapman Historical Museum.

In addition, the IDA formally released money for two projects: $8,000 to the Chapman Historical Museum so it can redesign its website and $39,000 for the Charles R. Wood Theater to install a catwalk to improve safety and efficiency for lighting crews setting up shows.

Also, $25,000 has been awarded to JMZ for its project to renovate the back of the building at 190 Glen St. This would help cover some of the expenses the firm incurred to install new windows to replace the boarded-up window openings.

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Michael Goot covers politics, business, the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.

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