On a tour in the spring, city officials and a developer tiptoed around pooling water, mummified pigeons, and old merchandise left behind by former business tenants. Developers plan to replace the dead birds and trash with paying human tenants in apartments and businesses. It's one of a handful of projects intended to revitalize downtown Watertown.
The building was one of the earliest outlets for the Woolworth five-and-dime chain. The company's founder grew up in Jefferson County.
A state grant and local tax breaks helped finance the project.