Update March 12: The state DOT has set demotion bids based on recommendations from the city of syracuse to be in at noon today.
"Everybody is talking about the building," WCNY's George Kilpatrick said to his Central Issues' guest Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner as they proceeded to talk about the building for the whole half-hour Wednesday March 9.
The building, located at 921-925 State Street on Syracuse's North Side, is owned by Anthony Tartaro. That property owner, who had been living in the building, had his taxes paid up to date. Miner said it is very important to respect a property owner's rights. She added that the city had been speaking to him about keeping up his obligations to maintain the building; The city's corporate counsel office had warned Tartaro before Miner took office.
Jim Rieth on his WSYR 570 program told his listeners during his Wednesday program that homes and buildings are abandoned all the time in Syracuse and other cities, when a property owner simply can't pay for it anymore. But he said to consider that the building is a big issue because of its location right next to the Interstate, which brings the state into the equation. Not just the state, but four departments Miner said, the state's Department of Transportation (DOT) in Albany, the state's DOT in Syracuse, the state's Department of Environmental Conservation and the Governor's office. Miner also said, initially the state was not paying enough attention as to what was going on in Syracuse with I81 and the building.
Meanwhile, the building's owner secured a lawyer, so neither the city or the state can deal with him directly. Essentially, the building owner does not have the money to pay for a demolition, but does not want to give up his property.
News10Now reported that Common Councilor Pat Hogan said he sympathizes with the thousands of commuters caught up in the bureaucracy and detours, but also his responsibility is to the people who live and pay taxes in the city.