PLEASANTVILLE — The demolition of the Old Press buildings on Devins Lane started on March 19, and it has reached the halfway mark.

The demolition of the parts of the Press buildings that are coming down should be done by the end of the first week of April, said James DiNatale, of the owner of RGC3 LLC, of Egg Harbor Township, who now owns the old Press site.

“The concrete footings and slabs will probably take another two weeks,” said DiNatale, who added the total square footage of the demolished side is 54,000 square feet, which is more than an acre.

One 35,000-square-foot building, which is closest to Washington Avenue, will remain standing, DiNatale said.

DiNatale, president of SEI Enterprises, Inc., who is taking down the buildings, did not demolish the offices that face Devins Lane to the east first because they were made of a great deal of wooden material.

The office debris would be blowing all over the place if it was taken down first, DiNatale said. The buildings were made of mostly steel and concrete with a rubber roof, wood offices and brick, DiNatale said.

DiNatale has already filed a tax appeal with the city to have the property’s tax assessment reduced from the current amount of $165,000 annually.

Most of the old building and its additions were built for The Press, and nothing could be done with the site until those buildings were torn down, DiNatale said.

DiNatale would not reveal what he will do with the site, but the plans are to have a business or businesses that will create between 50 and 100 jobs. He will meet with the city’s zoning and planning boards and the mayor, he said.

Staff Writer

Twenty years as a staff writer in the features department, specializing in entertainment and the arts at The Press of Atlantic City.

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