MOUNT MORRIS – A small section of the Genesee Valley Greenway and an adjacent parking lot will be closed for the next few weeks as demolition crews work to tear down a vacant bean processing plant at 8 O’Connell Ave. that’s stood since the late 1800s.
The Genesee Valley Greenway State Park announced the stretch of trail between Routes 36 (Main Street) and 408 (East State Street) would be closed in a Jan. 13 statement posted to its Facebook page.
According to Mount Morris Town Historian Nicholas Loverde, the bean plant has stood since the late 1800s though beyond that, he couldn’t say much about its history.
“There’s nothing in my files about that bean factory,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it too. Once I see they were going to tear it down I said ‘Gee, I got to look this up.’ I went in there and I can’t find a thing on it. Usually something like that would be in the files. I went all the way back to the 1850s and there’s nothing in there.”
Loverde said the structure has been vacant a long time – perhaps as long as 30 years.
Livingston County tax records show the property was owned by Mount Morris farmer Myron Brady from 2013 to 2020. It’s unclear if Brady still owns the property.