WATCH: Corning smokestack demolished

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The long-standing smokestack at the old Corning Hospital is no longer. 

The brick tower you might have seen while driving on Denison Parkway was demolished around 9:00 A.M. Thursday morning according to city officials.

Market rate housing will be built in its place. WETM’s newspaper partner The Leader says a three- and four- story building will measure out to nearly 42-thousand-square feet. 

City officials say the project will enlarge and enhance the housing profile in the area and advance the housing strategy. 

“Obviously, it’s a step forward for the City of Corning and for the developer,” Steven Dennis, the city’s director of planning and development, said. “We’re moving forward to hopefully have a 90-unit residential complex constructed sometime in 2018, or at least initiated in 2018.”

Guthrie Hospital officials say the next step is to work on soil remediation with the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation through the remainder of this year. 

The apartment complex is phase II of this project. Completion of phase I was the Corning Community College Health and Education Center which is located right across the street. 

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