Lazarus building to be demolished Jan. 19, 2015

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury town officials have set Monday, Jan. 19, as the date on which work crews will demolish and remove the Lazarus building at 20 Main St.
Officials had considered removing the long-vacant structure this month, but abandoned that course in an effort to minimize disruption for downtown Middlebury merchants during the peak holiday shopping season.
“We thought it was a better plan for us to wait,” Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay said.
Jan. 19 made good sense, Ramsay said, because the neighboring National Bank of Middlebury will be closed (in celebration of Martin Luther King Day), but the Addison County Solid Waste District transfer station will be open to receive the demolition debris.
Once cleared, the Lazarus building site will become a pop-up park. It will eventually become a staging area for a major project to replace the Main Street and Merchants Row railroad overpasses with a concrete tunnel. That $18 million project is tentatively slated to begin next spring.
Middlebury College purchased the Lazarus building earlier this year and gave it to the town to remove. Elimination of the structure will allow for widening of the adjacent Printer’s Alley, which will provide better access to the Marble Works complex and eliminate what has been a dicey 50-yard section for pedestrians to navigate with vehicular traffic.

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