Ground is finally breaking at the site of the former historic Wheadon Block building that burned down in September 2016 on South Main Street in Homer–directly across the street from our studios here at X101.
One person was killed in the massive blaze that police said was started by a man who attempted to cook methamphetamine in his apartment on the third floor.
The more than 170-year old building was completely destroyed in the fire. Now, after two years, excavation for new construction on the site has begun.
Owner David Yaman of Yaman Real Estate said the new building will again have apartments on its top two floors and commercial space on the ground floor.
He said construction of the new building should be completed in about 6 months.
Funding for the project was largely supplied by a Restore New York grant obtained by the Village of Homer. Yaman expressed his appreciation for the village’s help:
“This building requires an elevator, handicap accessibility and a complete sprinkler system throughout. Building it up to today’s codes while maintaining the architectural design of the community will cost a lot of money. We couldn’t have done it without this Restore New York grant.”