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Blasdell officials push for repairs of fire-damaged building

A timeline on when the exterior work will be completed at a property heavily damaged by fire more than two years ago should be in the hands of Village of Blasdell officials before the Village Board’s March 16 meeting.

Attorney Andrew C. LoTempio, speaking on behalf of property owner Daniel Murray, received an extension from the village with the stipulation that a plan will be put in place to complete the exterior of the building, which is located at 3075 South Park Ave. at the corner of Miriam Avenue.

“I know the outside is in disrepair,” LoTempio said.

He pointed out that Murray, who purchased the property in 2014, has put in more than $70,000 worth of repairs.

“He did things kind of backwards,” LoTempio admitted.

Village Attorney James Shaw, who was not present but was dialed in on a speaker phone, said he was leery of granting Murray another extension.

“We gave extension after extension after extension,” Shaw said.

During a meeting in February, village officials told Murray they were considering imposing a $250 per week fine if he did not complete the exterior within an agreed-upon time. At the time, Murray asked if he could have six months to finish it, but Mayor Michael Petrie said that was too long a time frame.

Shaw said during Wednesday’s meeting that the property is at the corner of a busy thoroughfare.

“We’ve had a lot of debris (coming) from the building,” Shaw said.

“What we’re looking for is a timeline of when the exterior is going to get done,” Petrie said.

LoTempio said he would get a plan to the village within 10 days, joking that he has cases that are more important than this one on the horizon.

The building has been vacant since the fire, which happened in late fall of 2013.