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DEADLINE SET FOR CLEANUP OF MALL SITE

The owners of the former Seneca Mall were given until April 3 to clean up debris along Slade Avenue, and they apparently have begun the task, town officials said Monday.

S&R Co. of West Seneca, the branch of Pyramid Cos. of Syracuse that owns the former Seneca Mall, won a trial delay from Town Justice Richard Scott on Friday. He gave the developers two weeks to correct violations and report back to him.

The town charged them with allowing stagnant water to pool on the property and failure to remove tree roots and underbrush along Slade Avenue. The former Seneca Mall theaters also were ordered to be boarded up more securely.

Building Inspector William Czuprynski said Monday the firm "apparently has started to take out those tree trunks and gotten to work on some of the other problems."

The debris has been there for four years -- since the mall was razed.

Boarded-up, vacant houses and piles of stone stockpiled in the center of the now-empty mall tract also have resulted in recurring complaints from nearby residents.

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