GLENS FALLS -- Work should begin in the coming weeks to rebuild the Sherman Avenue apartment building gutted by fire earlier this year.
Ted Buckley, manager of the Sherman Square apartment complex, said an agreement was reached in recent days between building owner Ronen Hoffman and the property’s insurance carrier over a claim filed after the May 8 fire.
The blaze gutted the 17-apartment, three-story building and left 24 people homeless. The fire was linked to an improperly discarded cigarette, which set a back porch on fire and traveled through the 140-year-old building.
Buckley said he was optimistic that work would begin in the next few weeks and continue through the winter. There was no timetable for it to be completed.
The settling of the insurance issue came after an analysis for asbestos in the building held up the process for several months. Buckley did not disclose what the analysis found.
He said it was hoped at least part of the exterior, in particular the front of the distinctive building, could be salvaged. But the interior will be gutted.
“From basement to roof, wall to wall, everything will be new,” Buckley said. “The exterior should stay pretty much the same.”
He said it is expected the building would continue to have 17 or so apartments.
The adjacent building at 7 Sherman recently had its roof replaced, repairs that were needed because of damage from the fire.
James Buxton, Glens Falls’ code enforcement officer, said the city was awaiting word from the property owner as to when repairs or demolition would occur. No building or demolition permits had been applied for as of Monday.
Buxton said the city has also held off on code violations because of the circumstances.
“If they don’t get something going pretty soon, we’re going to have to talk about it,” Buxton said.
The building was closed and has been vacant since the fire. The neighboring building at 7 Sherman suffered roof, window and siding damage, but re-opened several days after the fire.