Medley Centre floods after pipes burst

Updated: 01/12/2014 11:09 PM
Created: 01/12/2014 7:14 PM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion

A section of the Medley Centre remains underwater after several pipes burst Sunday afternoon.

Earlier this week News10NBC reported about a water pump issue near the Medley Centre and just to be clear, this is a completely separate incident.

Water made its way outside into a loading dock. There is about three to four feet of water just standing there. News10NBC is told there is a significant amount of water damage inside as well. This happened in the empty section of the mall, a good distance from the two stores open at the Medley Centre.

Town officials say this happened late Sunday afternoon.

The fire marshal was able to determine that several pipes ruptured in the water distribution room. This is where water is distributed through the sprinkler system.

Since the building is not heated inside, the pipes were frozen because of the bitter cold weather earlier this week. Once it warmed up a little, officials say those pipes burst and here we are.

The fire suppression system is broken.

News10NBC spoke with the Irondequoit Town Supervisor about this and what this means for the Medley Centre.

"We used to look at this as a source of pride. It used to be something we could all be proud of, and I still see an economic benefit to the mall. I think that if the investments were made and the promises were fulfilled there's an economic benefit here," said Adam Bello, Irondequoit Town Supervisor.

Macy's and Sears are still open to the public at this hour.The stores were not affected by this at all. This all happened in the empty part of the building.

The owner of the Medley Centre, Bersin Properties, will be responsible for fixing this problem. Bello says he will not be using any taxpayer dollars to clean this up, it is their responsibility.

Sunday evening a spokesperson from Bersin Properties issued the following statement on the Medley Centre flooding:

"This afternoon, we became aware of a water leak in the Medley Centre, yet again.  We have had repairmen on the site frequently during this cold weather and were surprised by this problem. We are asking the Irondequoit Police Department to immediately begin investigating whether the problems in the mall are being caused by people entering the mall to create media events to the detriment of the project moving forward. We are concerned that may be the case," said Jim Giuliano, partner at Bersin Properties.

The fire marshal and town officials will be looking into whether or not there were any code violations at the Medley Center that may have been a contributing factor.

This is a story News10NBC will continue to follow and will bring you any updates as they become available.


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