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DeWitt: Scibilia's to be demolished

Although Scibilia said he was upset about losing the building, not everyone feels the same. Saif Jaber, who works at the DeWitt Food Market and CITGO gas station adjacent to the flower shop, expressed happiness at learning the building would be demolished.

"I'm very happy," Jaber said. "I am glad that someone has been taking the initiative to make it look better."

Jaber said that CITGO is currently in a legal dispute with Scibilia regarding another of Scibilia's structures that fell onto CITGO's property.

Another DeWitt man, Robert Deyo, who has lived down the street from the flower shop since 1987, said the demolition of the flower shop is long overdue.

"It's the biggest eyesore in DeWitt," Deyo said.

Scibilia did admit the building had a few problems, like a hole in the roof that he was planning to fix. But, he said he wouldn't be able to fix all the things for which he was cited.

"I can't afford to put in $40,000 to fix it," Scibilia said. "That building means a lot to me. I have a lot of memories in that building."

If Scibilia does not have the property cleared by June 30, the town will demolish the building themselves and bill Scibilia for the cost.

Alyssa Nugent is a contributing writer who currently studies at Syracuse University.

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