Wind & Wire building owners want to buy city-owned walkway next door

Wind & Wire building owners want to buy city-owned walkway next door

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The owners of the former Wind & Wire Music building in downtown Watertown want to buy the city-owned Straus Memorial Walkway next door.

75 Public Square owners Ken Bodah and Mike Pierce say their renovation plans are stymied because their property and the walkway share a common wall,

Reviewing their plans is on the agenda for a city council work session Monday night.

The walkway connects Public Square with the J.B. Wise parking lot.

The owners of the former Wind & Wire Music building in downtown Watertown want to buy the city-owned walkway next door. They say because of a shared wall, it's essential to their renovation plans.
The owners of the former Wind & Wire Music building in downtown Watertown want to buy the city-owned walkway next door. They say because of a shared wall, it's essential to their renovation plans. (Source: Watertown city council agenda)

Their plans call for open-air space "in and around the dining and entertainment experience being created on Public Square."

The owners say they can save the city money by renovating the walkway and taking care of its upkeep, as welll as putting it back on city tax rolls.

The 77-79 property burned down in 1968 and donated to the city by the Straus family in 1984. The walkway was created in honor of their son, who died in 1982.

Bodah and Pierce say they’re willing to keep the Strauss name and allow pedestrians to continue to use the walkway during normal business.

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