GLENS FALLS - Construction lift operator Scott Kentzing began to ascend with the 6.5-foot diameter clock.
"Oh, here we go. Don't drop it," said Suzanne Hoffman, with a whimsical, not so supervisory tone in her voice.
It was an exciting day for developers of the Warren Street Square project as the new clock was raised into the renovated tower of a century-old building.
The clock bears the name of one of the building's early owners, the Joubert & White Carriage Co., a carriage and buckboard manufacturer that operated at the Warren Street building in the early 1900s.
Work is progressing to renovate the vacant complex on Warren Street for retail, offices and 24 luxury apartments.
The L-shaped building is located at the corner of Warren and Jay streets and stretches in the back to Fredella Avenue.
The residential component will be completed soon.
"We have people moving in on September 15," said developer Peter Hoffman.
Five apartments have already been leased, one to a retired couple moving from Vermont and another to a newly hired employee at Glens Falls Hospital, Suzanne Hoffman said.
Interest has primarily come from people who are moving to Glens Falls who are accustomed to living in urban downtown settings elsewhere, she said.
About 50 construction workers are on site daily, Peter Hoffman said.
"So, every day the turn is pretty good," he said.
Renovations blend the old and new.
Wooden beams salvaged from a section of the building that was demolished have been reused in a section that is being renovated.
An antique skylight that Hoffman bought from a dealer in Manhattan is being retrofitted with lighting fixtures for use in a fitness center for shared use by residential tenants.
A circa-1950s Frederic Remington reproduction bronze statue that Hoffman bought from a dealer outside Boston will be placed in a garden courtyard outside the complex.
Modern features will include a security system where visitors will press a call button outside the main entrance that will send a signal to the tenant's cellphone.
"So, if you're in your living room the phone will ring. Or if you're at The Chocolate Mill (restaurant on Glen Street), the phone will ring," Suzanne Hoffman said.
None of the commercial space is leased yet.
Peter Hoffman said he plans to develop a marketing plan for the commercial space in about a month.