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Medley contractor suspects trespassers
Irondequoit, N.Y. --- The contractor hired by Scott Congel to maintain the Medley Centre Mall property said he suspects some people are finding ways to enter the building.
"In August when we did our walk-throughs taking a look and doing an assessment of the mall, you could tell that there was evidence of people within the mall," said Eric Bauer of E.B. Galaxy Construction. "It's lessened, but definitely in the beginning there was a presence of people being in the mall."
Bauer told 13WHAM News his team has taken steps to secure the building since first being called upon to do so in August 2013. However, as recently as Monda,y he had to contact Irondequoit police after locating some evidence that someone was inside.
"Just a fire extinguisher being discharged and certain things like that, you could see a couple of footprints here and there and we're pretty familiar with where we've been in the mall and so just a couple little clues like that tipped us off that people have been here," explained Bauer of his past experiences. "We've talked to the authorities to step up patrols in the area to make sure that nobody is getting into the mall, but I would say in the last couple of months it's been less than when we first got on site here."
Bauer led 13WHAM News on an exclusive tour of the mall Tuesday Morning. Click here to read and watch more from that tour.
Water damage to the property was evident near the entrance to the old food court, where the carousel still sits, as well as one other mall entrance. Bauer pointed to the fire sprinkler system that leaked in one spot and burst in another spot above the food court.
He explained that dirt on the floor below the burst was from sediment that builds up in the sprinkler system pipes. Bauer said his crew has cleaned the entire area and all the water, electricity and heat was turned off inside the mall.
A walking tour showed scores of empty store fronts but no obvious signs that the damage noticed at the two entrances extended to other areas of the building.
While Sears and Macy's are attached to the mall, there are no areas for store customers to access the mall.