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State prepares to reconstruct Ogdensburg armory’s front entrance

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The state Office of General Services will spend $50,000 to $100,000 to replace the front entrance to the Ogdensburg Armory, 225 Elizabeth St.

OGS started soliciting bids from contractors Thursday. A bid is expected to be accepted Sept. 11.

Spokeswoman Heather R. Groll said the project will fix deterioration to the steps and an exposed part of the building’s porch.

“There is also a structural crack at the roof drip line on the porch that has allowed water infiltration to damage the steel in the basement,” she said in an email.

She said the OGS is unclear if the steps are original to the 1898 building or were built during a porch expansion that took place in the 1930s. It’s likely this is the first time the steps and porch have been repaired, she said.

Ms. Groll said work is expected to involve demolition of the steps, the front porch slate, subbase and railings. The steps will be reconstructed, a vapor barrier will be added to the porch, and new slate and railings will be installed. Both the porch and the supporting steel in the basement will be reinforced.

The project is expected to take 120 days, Ms. Groll said.

The Spanish-American War-era building, constructed of Potsdam sandstone, has been home to at least seven New York National Guard units since it was built.

Before the building was constructed, a wooden structure occupied the site that first was home to the 40th Separate Company and later housed the 203rd New York Volunteers, nucleus of Company H.

According to information from the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs, the building has over the years housed the 4th Infantry Battalion, Company D; 1st Infantry Regiment, Company D, which in 1921 split into four different organizations whose names are unknown; 187th Field Artillery, Company B; and 108th Infantry, Company A. It currently is home to Detachment 1, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry.

Firms interested in bidding on the project may get more information and bid documents online at www.ogs.ny.gov, or by calling 1-877-OGS-PLAN or 1-518-474-0203.

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