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Business to breathe new life into Watertown’s historic Woolworth Building

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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – Downtown Watertown’s empty, but historic Woolworth Building is getting a new tenant: BCA Architects & Engineers.

Two signs sit outside BCA Architects on Mullin Street in Watertown. One says, “For sale,” and the other, “We’re joining the movement downtown.”

“We really appreciate all the effort that’s going into downtown Watertown, and we just really want to be a part of it,” said

Travis Overton, leader of architecture & engineering.

Driving down Arsenal Street, the vacancy at the Woolworth Building has been apparent. Nearly 11,000-square-feet of commercial space has sat empty for years.

“That space with the historical significance of that building, and that corner being on the map, downtown Watertown, just felt good to us,” said Overton.

Toni Engleman of the Jefferson County Historical Society says the Woolworth Building started out as a hotel. First it was the “White House Hotel,” then the “American Hotel.”

“In 1813 President Martin Van Buren held a reception in that building,” said Engleman.

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