Former Nestle plant in Fulton undergoing partial demolition

For the past three weeks, crews have been working on the demolition of the former Nestle chocolate plant in Fulton.

The owner of the property, Ed Palmer, tells CNY Central that he is reluctant to discuss his plans for the building. He says that there will be announcements "as things start to unfold" in the next two to three weeks.

Palmer says heâ??s in the process of "lining up tenants and buyers," and he has plans of his own for redevelopment.

He says heâ??s demolishing "better than half" of the former plant. He plans to bring in a combination of residential and retail interests.

Palmer says he is working with City Hall regarding approximately $900,000 in back taxes.

Palmer says at one point he was trying to convince Cayuga Community College to locate its satellite campus at the plant, but that fell through. They instead moved to a former grocery store site on the south side of the city.

Nestle closed it down its Fulton plant in 2003, laying off hundreds employees. Just over a year later, investors from the Ivory Coast in Africa bought the chocolate factory, but plans to bring the plant back to production fell through.