A hearing to discuss the future of a building at South Park and Miriam Avenues that was heavily damaged by fire late last fall has been set for June 18 by the Blasdell Village Board.
Attorney Brian Attea, who represents the owners of the property, Brian and Nadine Stroud, said he is confident a deal to sell the property will be completed, possibly before the hearing occurs. The Strouds live in California. Attea told the board the price has dropped about “30 grand” to reach a level the owners feel would reach what the rehab value is.
Mayor Michael Petrie told Attea he has been concerned about the debris and whether enough is being done to keep it clean.
Attea responded by saying he only knows what he has been told by the owners about what work has been done.
“If there is more to be done, I’ll meet with them and address that,” Attea said.
Located right at the corner, the building, which had tenants living in it at the time of the fire, is something Petrie said neighbors do not want to live next to anymore. He said if he was a neighbor of that property, he wouldn’t want to live next to it either.
“It’s a building that’s in a high visibility, high volume area,” Attea said, noting that he understands the frustrations of the village. But he said he talked to a professional broker who is confident a deal to sell the building will happen soon.
Village Attorney James Shaw then told Attea the hearing could lead to any one of three outcomes. The village could decide to do nothing, order a demolition or order the property owners to repair it.
Shaw said the village could have held a hearing sooner but held off because it could be sold.
“We thought it would give you folks some time,” Shaw said.
“I appreciate the villages frustration,” Attea said.
Trustee Lou McDonald said after the fire, he helped clean up glass because he was concerned about the safety of children walking by there. He is also concerned about rats.