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DeWitt: Scibilia's to be demolished

By Alyssa Nugent

The DeWitt Town Board signed a consent order Feb. 11 to have the building known as Scibilia's Farm Stand on East Genesee Street demolished.

"The building is in disarray," Supervisor Ed Michalenko, said. "Locals have complained about it."

Dick Robb presented the consent order at the town board meeting where it was discussed and then signed by Michalenko after the board voted in favor of signing.

The consent order, which owner Frank J. Scibilia had previously signed, demands that the building be demolished and the land cleared by June 30. It also specifies that the building can no longer be used or inhabited.

Scibilia has been in business selling flowers in front of the building seasonally since the 1950s. He first received notification that his building was in violation of DeWitt codes and state building codes in August.

"The code inspector came around and the building was locked," Scibilia said. "They insist there is so much wrong with it."

Scibilia said that the inspector cited him for torn awnings but his awnings are fine. He also said he was cited for moldy plants within the building and vines on the exterior of the building which could be a fire hazard because of their close proximity to a gas station.

Scibilia said he doesn't feel he's been treated fairly by the town board.

"Mr. Robb has been such a sneaky person," he said. "Those people just don't care. They just want the building down."

Scibilia said that he hired a structural engineer and an architect to survey the building and attempt to fix the problems the town board addressed. However, after the architect talked to Robb, who is in charge of zoning and building codes in DeWitt, Scibilia learned that the cost to repair the building to the town's standards would have been upwards of $40,000.

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