Geneva Chamber Building - Burned, Not Bulldozed (Photos)

11am update  :

Geneva City Manager Matt Horn explains that Sunday's controlled burn of the former Geneva Chamber of Commerce building was the second of three phases in demolishing the building to make room for the Finger Lakes Boating Museum and Visitors Center.

Ground breaking for the Museum and Visitors Center will not happen for a number of weeks yet because the City needs to work on the bid letting process.




The former Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce building was set on fire Sunday as Geneva area firefighters used the controlled burn as a learning experience.

It came as a surprise to many that watched the building on fire.  The city has talked about the demolition  of the building to make way for the proposed Finger Lakes Boat Museum, but it was never discussed by the city council that the building would be set on fire.

Firefighters from all of Geneva's fire companies-the Hydrant Hose Companythe Nester Hose Company,  the C.J. Folger Hook & Ladder Company, White Springs Fire Department, and the Border City Fire Department took part in the controlled burn.

Once the rubble is cleared away, city officials plan a groundbreaking ceremony.

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce office and visitor's center is now located in the old gas station at 41 Lake Street which was the Greyhound Bus Station, and before that the Sampson Glass Company.

The Chamber of Commerce will move back into the new building and share it with the boating museum.



All Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.

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