Site will become a greenspace this spring, awaiting 2 new homes

HORNELL — Over 100 trips later, the homes damaged by the November fire on Preston Avenue have been demolished and the debris hauled away.

The City of Hornell Board of Public Works noted the effort at its March meeting. In total, Steuben County trucked away 107 10-wheeler loads of debris, totaling 1,087 tons.

Once the demolition and cleanup was complete, Hornell DPW delivered gravel for filler where needed, leveling off the ground. The city is now waiting for spring weather, when it will bring in topsoil and seed the grounds.

The area will become a greenspace for the time being. Property owners deeded the land to the city, which will be placing two new homes on the site in a partnership with BOCES.

The closure of schools this spring may delay the timeline to place the first home. Students had been at work finishing off a new home for a vacant lot on Front Street.