Updated: 03/07/2014 8:47 PM
Created: 03/07/2014 4:03 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen
There have been pictures released of the recent water damage from outside of the Medley Centre. But News10NBC is the only station with photos of damage inside the empty mall.
I-Team 10 got those photos and other documentation Friday after submitting a Freedom of Information request to the town of Irondequoit several weeks ago. They show damage the town supervisor calls “significant”.
The pictures are from inside the Medley Center. They were taken by the town in January after pipes ruptured inside the empty area of the mall. I-Team 10’s Brett Davidson met with the fire marshal and town supervisor to find out about the significance of the damage.
The pictures show ceiling tiles strewn throughout areas of the mall. The town says it is the result of water damage that occurred when the fire sprinkler system pipes burst during a spell of very cold weather in January. The mall was not heated at the time.
Two Macy’s employees were first to report the water problems. In typed statements, they recalled hearing the sounds of pipes bursting and water flowing.
In the photos, there are bent sprinkler pipes and icicles growing from the end of the sprinkler. There is standing water along with sediment from inside the pipes covering the floor. The floor tiles are buckling throughout and ice coats one of the exit doors.
According to the documents I-Team 10's obtained, the mall owner was given three notices of code violations and the town says owner Scott Congel has had crews inside the mall in recent weeks to clean up the mess.
Irondequoit Town Supervisor Adam Bello said, “Anybody who saw the true economic value in the property, which I think anyone in Irondequoit sees. Unfortunately I don't think Mr. Congel saw that value in the property and if he did he wouldn't have let this happen because this is pretty significant. The building now needs significant repairs.”
Congel was supposed to have a walk through with the town fire marshal last week to show what progress he's made in fixing the violations, but canceled that meeting. I-Team 10 spoke with Congel's partner. He says they have made the necessary repairs to the sprinkler system and cleaned up the inside.
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