Work underway on facades along West Canal Street

Dave Vandermark removes a portion of the facade of the former Plummer Law Office. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

The south side of West Canal Street will soon have a new look, thanks in part to Vandermark and Duffey Enterprises.

The firm, which is refurbishing the Bradley Building, now owns the three buildings immediately to the west of the Bradley Building.
On Tuesday, March 19, workers for Vandermark Construction began removing the existing façade of the former Plummer law office building to expose the old façade.

“We’re renovating all of these,” Kathleen (Duffey) Alspaugh said, standing on the north side of Canal Street watching as Dave Vandermark maneuvered equipment in front of the Plummer building, tearing down the existing façade. “This is the first step for the Plummer building, tearing off this façade.”

The firm began working on renovating the Bradley Building in 2017.

“We’ve done a lot of work inside, clearing out,” Alspaugh said. “Those are all new windows. We have a new roof. We have a couple interested parties in condominium space. It’s pretty quiet in there right now.”

Condos also are planned for the Plummer building.

“We’ve got an interested party,” she said. “We’re going to start construction on the condominium to the east probably in another month or so.”

Retail space will be available in all the buildings.

Condo space also is planned for 35 W. Canal St., which currently has a blue tarp covering the front of the building.
“All this front façade,” Alspaugh said of the Plummer building. “I’m not sure what the brick will look like. We’ll probably have to replace all the brick. There also will be new windows.”

Vandermark said he hopes to make major progress by the end of the summer.

“We started 35 last year,” he said. “We just came to the realization that what we do from here to there, we need to keep the same motif going.

“One end or the other, we’re going to start and come the other direction. It might be we start down there because we’ve already started down there.”

Alspaugh said, “It’s a pretty exciting time downtown, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Posted on 2019 Mar 26