Victory building in Johnson City, NY begins renovation

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On March 3, a group of officials collected with tricky hats and shovels to ceremoniously dig up the grime for a new project. 

What was it? Was it a further strip mall or some type of plaza that would have a lifespan of about 20 several years?

No, this a single was distinct. It was 1 that was extensive in coming, but welcome to these of us who cherish our historical past and heritage, and the idea of not throwing absent all that is old, just for the reason that it is old.

The groundbreaking was for the restoration and reuse of the Endicott Johnson Victory Factory at 59 Lester Ave. in the Village of Johnson Town. Most persons probably know the Victory Manufacturing facility by sight, but not what it is or its historical past. It is, literally, the white behemoth near the railroad tracks that can be noticed from the highways close to the Johnson Town Walmart. 

The “golden” shovels break the ground on the Victory Factory project.

A minor heritage is in buy. The manufacturing unit was crafted in excess of a two-12 months interval, between 1919 and 1920, to home thousands of Endicott Johnson employees earning hundreds of thousands of pairs of shoes about its extended existence until its closure in the 1960’s. It was named the Victory Manufacturing facility to denote the the latest stop of Entire world War I. The manufacturing unit was built by Thompson & Binger, from Syracuse, and contrary to most of the EJ factories, it was not crimson, but the 275,000-square-foot, five-tale building was painted white.

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