City Engineer: Condemn The Masonic Temple
Watertown city engineer Kurt Hauk is reccomending the city condemn the Masonic Temple property on Washington Street.
In a memo to city manager Sharon Addison, Hauk notes that owner Garrett McCarthy has "outlined the intent to repair the items identified by the architect within 45 days or November 5.
"While (McCarthy's) letter outlines the intent to repair the property, to my knowledge an engineer/architect has not been retained to start the repair process."
"Given this information and the passage of deadlines set in the Code Enforcement process, it is our recommendation that the City proceed with condemnation of this property," Hauk writes.
He notes that McCarthy can appeal the decision, and that there's still time to repair the property before winter comes.
"It's anticipated," McCarthy told 7 News. "I totally understand. The process goes forward in getting the building saved."
McCarthy said he has the Syracuse engineering firm Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt arriving Monday to look at the building and make recommendations.
"In light of how long this problem has been persisting, it's understandable the city feels the need to speed this along," McCarthy said.
Once the property is condemned, Hauk notes, access to it would be limited to the owner and people doing repair work.
Earlier this week, a group of construction experts toured the building and concluded it can be saved. (See our story here.)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Watertown, NY
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