Woolworth Building

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The Woolworth Building
The Woolworth Building
The Woolworth Building sits on the corner of Arsenal Street and Public Square. The building is most famous for being home to the Woolworth's Department Store, while the upper floors were home to many businesses and offices.

Plans for the Woolworth Building began in 1916, when F. W. Woolworth took ownership of the American Building and part of the Paddock Block. After Woolworth's death in 1919, the Woolworth Corporation continued ahead with plans for a new building. The American Building and the section of the Paddock Block bought by Woolworth were then demolished, and the Woolworth Building was completed in 1921.

Woolworth's moved to the City Center Mall on Arsenal Street in 1971. Since then, many shops have occupied the bottom floor, while the upper floors continued to be used for office space.

Declining occupancy forced the closure of the Woolworth Building in 2007. In June 2008, a developer announced plans that would convert the Woolworth Building into a hotel. These plans hinged on two factors, an engineering assessment of the building, and the availability of parking for customers. The developer officially took ownership of the building in July.

It was announced in September of 2009, that the building would receive a $2.5 million historic preservation grant from New York State. This grant will enable the building's developer to go forward with his plans to renovate the structure into a hotel and restaurant.

As of December, 2010, developers were still finalizing the financing for the renovation project, and hoped to begin work sometime in 2011.

Plans for a hotel were scrapped, and plans were revamped to include a mixture of apartments and retail space. Parking for the building currently remains a stumbling block, with the city working with investors to convert the current Citibus depot, or developing the green space next to the Woodruff Professional Building.

See Also[edit | edit source]

Frank Winfield Woolworth

The Stores of Watertown

Historic Structures in Watertown

Public Square

External Links[edit | edit source]

WWNY:Developer Plans Upscale Hotel For Old Woolworth Building

WWNY: Woolworth Building Gets $2.5 Million Grant

WWNY: New Plans for Woolworth Building, But Parking Still an Issue