Updated: 01/13/2014 8:33 PM
Created: 01/13/2014 3:16 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri
Part of the Medley Centre flooded over the weekend and now town officials are trying to get to the bottom of what happened while the owners of the nearly-vacant mall say they are getting the Irondequoit Police involved.
The most recent trouble at Medley Centre has sparked a heated back and forth between the mall's owner and the Irondequoit Town Supervisor.
On Sunday, broken water pipes in the mall caused flooding inside and at a loading dock near the Sears entrance. This is just another blow to the Medley Center in Irondequoit. Yesterday, the town supervisor expressed concern over the flooding saying just last week the town contacted, owner Scott Congel, calling attention to the water pipes, saying they needed fixing.
The fire marshal said it was ice that expanded as things warmed up outside and cause the pipes to crack. Today the water is gone but a spokesperson for Congel says this had nothing to do with weather and they are calling for police 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."
This afternoon the Irondequoit Town Supervisor Adam Bello responded to that claim saying, "In light of recent events at Medley Centre, I’ve met with the Chief of Police, Fire Marshall, and Commissioner of Public Works to direct a thorough review of the current status of the Medley Centre property, including any potentially dangerous conditions or violations of state and local building codes. It is important that if there is an emergency, our first responders are not in any danger due to deteriorating conditions, and that the public and surrounding businesses are not adversely affected by the ongoing situation. The owner of Medley Centre is accountable for maintaining his property and for fulfilling the terms and conditions of the PILOT agreement. If Mr. Congel is concerned that criminal activity has taken place, he should contact the police department immediately to file a report as any resident or business owner would.”
We spoke on the phone with a local mall spokesman. He told us they have seen evidence of people inside the mall but didn't know if there was any evidence of vandalism that would have caused the pipes to crack.
Bello says if the owner believes there has criminal behavior at the mall, he should contact police and file a report.