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Continued demolition of former Nestle Plant to close portions of State Route 481

A portion of the demolished former Nestle building/file photo

With Fulton entering the final stages of the demolition at the former Nestle Plant, portions of State Route 481 will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 14, and Friday, Sept. 15 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Beginning on Thursday at 7 a.m. Route 481 in Fulton will be closed, and traffic will be detoured onto South First Street for north and south bound travel.

North bound traffic will be diverted onto South First Street at the former Chevrolet dealership now known as Prime Auto. It will then continue to Division Street where traffic will return to Route 481.

South Bound traffic will be diverted at Division Street traveling to South First Street, where it will return to Route 481 at Prime Auto.

On street parking will be prohibited on affected streets and residents of South First Street may see a significant increase in traffic for the duration of the closure.

More information can be found on the city's website: www.cityoffulton.com.

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Fulton residents like Barry Ostrander are glad that the demolition will finally come to an end.

"It's obviously a welcomed relief because you had a derelict factory with empty buildings. Nobody wants to live next to a vacant factory for sure," Ostrander said.

Other residents who live along the affected streets are not as pleased and more concerned about safety, according to Mayor Ronald Woodward.

"It's going to be an inconvenience for people that are working in Syracuse or Oswego, and for deliveries. And it will certainly be an inconvenience for the residents of South First street because the traffic has to be routed through there," Woodward said.

The property has changed hands four times since the early 2000's, including a failed business venture by a chocolate company out of the Ivory Coast. According to Mayor Woodward, the construction of an Aldi on the property will be done by December. There is also interest from developers to place an office building and a fast food company on the site.

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