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Municipal codes officers work to clean up greater Baldwinsville

The former site of the Tri County Mall is pictured before property owners installed a more secure fence around the perimeter to keep out trespassers. Since then, the fence has been breached.

The former site of the Tri County Mall is pictured before property owners installed a more secure fence around the perimeter to keep out trespassers. Since then, the fence has been breached.

— Gregg Humphrey has been busy “cleaning up” the village.

As Village of Baldwinsville Code Enforcement Officer, Humphrey can be seen driving all around the village checking out nuisance properties and investigating residents’ concerns.

The most notorious eyesore in Baldwinsville is Tri County Mall, a property that many residents are concerned about. It also equates to a financial burden on residents when considering time spent by the local police department following up on trespassing and vandalism calls.

“The police department gets the majority of the calls regarding the [Tri County Mall] property and this is what concerns me. There are juveniles vandalizing the property and using the property to hang out. No one should be hanging out here,” Humphrey said.

After talking with Humphrey, village officials took action on the property in April requiring the owners to secure the former mall and clean up the area. A new fence was installed to keep out trespassers, but as of last week, the fence had been breached in areas.

“It’s an area that has been difficult to secure,” said Mayor Joseph Saraceni.

The property also poses another issue – blight.

“We see and hear about this in regard to the housing crisis and how vacant and foreclosed properties are causing neighboring property values to suffer. We have received several calls regarding these conditions and the future development of this property,” Humphrey said.

While Tri County is the most infamous, it isn’t the only eyesore in the village. Properties like the old Yorker’s Market on Syracuse Street, which is crumbling into Crooked Brook, and several homes at the end of Lock Street, which have been condemned, are also being addressed. This is made possible through Section 28-A of the village code. Titled Unsafe Structures, Section 28-A allows the village to address properties where safety is an issue, whether structural or affecting the welfare of residents.

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