LEROY - Crews are finishing about $16,500 worth of work on the outside of the Empire Township building in the 100 block of East Center. The historic 1903 brick building houses the township office and the LeRoy Police Department.
Township supervisor Pat Brown said the trustees opted to get the work done after asking for public feedback.
Crews repaired the soffit, fascia, gutters and downspouts and will rework the roof with shingles designed to look original. Workers also removed three unused chimneys that caused some water leaks.
Future work includes tuck-pointing and sealing the brick. Painting and work on the upper windows also are planned.
Brown said the main problem with the building is access to the upper level. The second floor is one large room and there are numerous possibilities for its use, except it is not handicap accessible.
It can be reached only by stairs.
"I don't know if anyone can use it. We encourage any business or organization which could further utilize the building to come to us with their suggestions," Brown said.
"Use of the second floor would further justify the work we are currently having done and the work we plan to do in the future," said Brown. "We have to see how the future plays out; there's a lot of possibilities."