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Owner of fire-damaged Blasdell building told to come up with rehabbing plan

The owner of a building being rehabilitated at South Park and Miriam avenues in Blasdell was advised to return before the Village Board at its Feb. 17 meeting with a plan to fix the exterior or face the possibility of weekly fines.

Daniel Murray purchased the property – which was heavily damaged by fire in late 2013 – nearly 18 months ago.

“(We understand) your desire was to rehabilitate it,” Village Attorney James Shaw said.

The village board held a hearing Wednesday night with Murray to gauge the progress of the exterior of the structure, which Mayor Michael Petrie said has become “the laughing stock” of the village. Petrie said Murray was asked in the fall to get the exterior completed, but it is now “push comes to shove time” and the board needs a time frame on when that part of the project will be finished.

When pressed for an answer, the mayor was not pleased with the answer.

“Probably at least six months,” Murray said.

“We need something a little better than that,” Petrie said.

“You got a loan?” Murray jokingly asked.

Shaw said the board could seek legal action against Murray on a couple of conditions – one being the safety of the building. This includes old siding, with some hanging unsafely. According to Shaw, the condition of the exterior of the building has not improved in the last several months.

He also said if the infrastructure becomes unsafe to the public and if the work is not completed within the agreed upon time frame after the hearing, the village could impose a $250 per week fine against Murray for each week he does not complete the work.

Shaw said there is no question that Murray has been doing work on the property, but the village wants the exterior finished in a reasonable time.

Murray said he is a single father and to date has invested $70,000 into the building. He said he needs to complete wiring and put drywall up before finishing the exterior.

“I’m trying the best I can,” Murray said, adding he has to pay for a plumber to fix an issue in which the property shares water with an adjacent property.

He told the board he could try to get the work done in three months. The board said the hearing would be postponed for two weeks. Petrie told Murray to come up with a plan to complete the exterior of the building so that he and the village could work together.