Voorheesville barn to be razed

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

 A condemned barn behind the former hardware store at 18 South Main St. in Voorheesville is set for demolition.

A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the building scheduled for demolition. It is a barn behind the hardware store.


VOORHEESVILLE — A South Main Street building behind the former Phillips Hardware is to be demolished after its roof collapsed late last year.

Jonathan Phillips, the owner and president of the company, said he thought that the roof began to collapse toward the end of November, and that the massive snowstorm that hit in mid-December — when more than two feet of snow fell on the area — “didn’t help.” He added, “That was probably the big factor, all that weight.”

Phillips closed the hardware store in front last November, after 27 years of business. 

Phillips had been using the now-condemned barn to store fixtures for his new Guilderland store as well as for storage of some commercial account supplies.

As for insurance covering his losses, Phillips said, “That’s what I’m working through with the adjustor,” and he said the same for who would bear the cost of the demolition. 

“It’s just bad timing,” Phillips said, it’s just another thing to deal with.

He’s still working to finalize the financing for the new Guilderland shop, just five miles away, at the intersection of routes 146 and 158, on the outskirts of Altamont.

“Working between product shortages and bank financing and sewer lines and government,” he said, “now on top of it, I’m processing insurance and dealing with the other store.”

The building of the new Guilderland store has been in the works since at least 2016. Phillips said the inside of the new shop is being built out, but he’s still trying to finalize sewer-line details with the town, so the site work is likely to be the hold up.

But he said he hopes to open the new store in May or June.


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