Hornell Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 210 is planning a project to demolish the West Genesee Street apartments and construct an outdoor pavilion in its place.
Moose Treasurer mark Flint says the project addresses lodge members’ desire for an outdoor space where their 850 members can gather and enjoy the outdoors, according to The Evening Tribune.
“With COVID-19, and everybody being inside all of the time, we do extensive fogging of the building and cleaning,” said Flint. “We thought it would be just an added thing if people had an outdoor space, which we really don’t have now.”
The organization purchased the land and apartment house, which had been unoccupied for over a decade, in 2020. The property is located next door to the Moose Lodge’s building at 66 Seneca St. and is in a B-2 General Business Zoning area.
The teardown has been approved by the City of Hornell and is set to be completed by the end of February 2022.
“Then we will get it fenced in,” said Flint. “We will let [the ground] settle for the balance of the winter and then we will start the construction of the pavilion itself.”
The Lodge is putting the construction job out to bid. Flint expects the outdoor pavilion to be ready for use before the end of 2022.
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