On Aug. 6, a fire torched through the walls of 9 W. Genesee St., the building owned by Earl Styers in downtown Baldwinsville. Now, more than a month later, it looks as if the fire happened just days ago.
The charred remains of the second story stand out against the buildings on the other corners that have renovated their facades over the last few years. Windows boarded up with bright tan wood show a stark contrast between what is new and what has been destroyed. Pieces of the building are literally hanging off what remains.
"I'm concerned about the length of time it has been," Sally Dayger, a resident of Baldwinsville, said. "Why can't they just cover it up so we don't have the eyesore?"
Dayger voiced her concerns at the Sept. 20 village board meeting held after the Baldwinsville Police Department award ceremony at village hall. Three policemen were honored for their courageous acts the day of the fire.
Plastic covers some windows where shattered panes used to be on the first floor, but the bulk of the damage to the second story is still visible.
Dayger said she worries that animals will take home in the vacant, destroyed building.
"Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of control," Mayor Joe Saraceni said. "It's a long process."
He said because the building is privately owned, it will take time to evaluate the damage and come up with a settlement for the insurance company. The owner will then decide what type of repairs will be made.
"The village will ensure that the structure meets architectural standards and meets code before a certificate of occupancy is issued," he said.
The sidewalk in front of the building remains "closed." White sawhorses marked with the name "Styers" cordon the area still scattered with glass and debris.