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Medley Centre developer given 3-day notice
Irondequoit, N.Y. - Photos released of the inside of the Medley Centre come with a new deadline for developer Scott Congel.
Irondequoit Town Supervisor Adam Bello sent a letter to Congel Monday, giving him three days to submit a written plan detailing how and when Congel will get the building up to code.
The town issued Congel a number of violations nearly a month ago and Bello said nothing has been done.
"I just haven't seen any effort, I have seen no evidence that's there is any investment coming," Bello said. "I haven't seen any efforts coming in the last several years."
Dozens of pictures snapped inside the nearly vacant mall show standing water, ceilings caving in and what appears to be black mold growing throughout the building.
Medley Centre was once the pride of the town, but has since become an eyesore for Irondequoit.
"It was sad to see what it looked like," Bello said. "It was a beautiful mall."
Not only is it a sad sight, it's also a safety concern for surrounding businesses and any safety officials who have to go into the building.
This isn't a situation that we're going to let just continue into the future and just let the building continue to deteriorate," said Bello.
If Congel doesn't take action by Thursday, Bello said the town's lawyers are already looking into legal action which could mean fines or court.
"It's a valuable property," Bello said. "It's just disappointing to me that Mr. Congel doesn't see the economic benefit here."
A civic engineer who looked at the photos told 13WHAM News the building is not beyond repair; it can be saved.
The pictures don't appear to show any major structural damage, but the engineer said the mold removal would be an extensive and expensive job.
Hard surfaces can be power washed and cleaned with bleach, but ceilings, walls and insulation need to be torn out and thrown away.
Engineers said they fear the mold will get worse and quickly multiply when the weather warms up, making it "very dangerous" for crews to get inside to do any work.
"Nobody would like to see something happen on that property more than me," Bello said, "but its deteriorating before our eyes, and thats not something Im going to ask the Irondequoit taxpayers to foot the bill for."
Congel was unavailable to comment, but some argued the condition of the interior doesn't matter; it's going to be gutted anyway.