Wadler Bros. plan moves across Route 28
By Brian Sweeney
Wadler Bros. building supply company is planning to relocate to the south side of Route 28, just outside the Village of Fleischmanns.
The company has closed on a deal to purchase 75 acres of vacant land on the opposite side of Route 28, not far from the current Wadler’s location. The parcel, which was owned by Halcott Center resident Pete Ballard, extends from near the village line to just east of Toppi Road.
Wadler Bros. has been hard-hit by flooding in 1996 and 2011. The business was established off Depot Street, Fleischmanns in 1955. The 39,000-square-foot home improvement warehouse was constructed in the late 1990s on a parcel that covers approximately 14 acres.
Flood waters last August swept through the outdoor storage areas surrounding the building. The raging flood washed huge amounts of lumber and other building materials down the valley toward Margaretville.
Town of Middletown Code Enforcement Officer Pat Davis said he has put the owners in contact with the Delaware County Planning Department to discuss the possibility of the business enrolling in the hazard mitigation program to assist with relocation.
“They are a business that sustained a lot of damage and a lot loss and they are looking to mitigate,” Mr. Davis explained.
“They are in the beginning stages of this project,” Mr. Davis explained. “It’s a good thing to see, as far as I’m concerned.”
Mr. Davis did not provide a timeframe for the move, but said it would likely be a lengthy process.
Contacted by the News, the owners of Wadler Bros. said their plans are too preliminary and they did not wish to elaborate at this time.