BRASHER FALLS, N.Y. (WWNY) - In 2006, John Ward saw how far Brasher Falls business district had fallen. But he did more than just lament. He formed a company that bought most of it.
“The building, you know where the restaurant is, the roof leaked so bad I think it was raining harder in there than it was outside,” said Ward, St. Regis Realty president.
He remembered Brasher Falls in its heyday. As a restaurant owner there, he had brought in the likes of baseball great Bob Feller and performers like the Ink Spots. So he got to work.
“Just kept plugging. Knew a lot of people. Got people involved...It hasn’t all been strawberries and cream. But it’s, uh, it’s worked,” he said.
Now it’s all for sale. Half a dozen buildings full of tenants lining one side of Main. They include a health center, diner, zumba studio, and public library. Still, it can’t shake its past.
“People still come in and talk about when it was a hardware store. And the guy that ran the place. And there was a potbelly stove in this particular area,” said Jack Fuehring, Badenhausen Library technical specialist.
Of course there’s a big question that looms over all this: what happens next? In Brasher Falls, everyone’s hoping for the best.
Ward has his idea buyer in mind.
“Somebody younger. Somebody that is aggressive, who can see a future in it. Somebody that’s looking at making a move,” he said.
Asking price for the block of buildings is $1.4 million. A potential buyer toured them over the weekend and two others are looking to do the same.