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Demolition project lands debris on neighboring car in Rochester

Cell phone video shows an aluminium beam that landed on one of the cars causing damage. The debris left scratches on the hood and cracked the windshield. (Photo: Chris Kawolsky)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A demolition project on University Avenue has turned into a headache for folks at a neighboring property.

Chris Kawolsky, producing director of the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, said dust and debris has fallen on three of the company's cars.

Cell phone video shows an aluminium beam that landed on one of the cars causing damage. The debris left scratches on the hood and cracked the windshield.

"[I] just happened to go by and saw the beginning of the wall coming down," said Kawolsky. "No one gave us a heads up today or recently."

Kawolsky claims the demolition company, Frederico Wrecking, nor the City of Rochester gave him a heads up that the former Rural Metro building was being torn down on Tuesday.

"The building came down partially on our cars, and they did nothing to stop it," Kawolsky said. "There was even a guy who was off to the side who was spotting. I said, 'Hey, this is going to come down on our cars.' He did nothing about it. He just stood there with his armed folded and didn't do anything."

The demolition company tells 13WHAM city inspectors asked Kawolsky to move his cars before the project was underway.

The wrecking company also said it'll pay for any damages caused by the demolition.

The city said the company had all the property permits and insurances.

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