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Mahopac Avenue Building in Somers Declared Unsafe

SOMERS, N.Y. – You may have noticed a ramshackle wooden building next to the Granite Springs Post Office on Mahopac Avenue. The building has recently been declared unsafe by the Somers Building Department, which specifically cited a partially collapsed roof and walls, structural unsoundness and fire hazard.

At a recent meeting of the Somers Town Board, the building’s owner, Dominick Lieto, explained the situation.

“I came down with cancer,” Lieto said. “I was a month in the hospital. But now I intend to secure everything and get back on track.”

“That building’s been falling down for quite a while,” Council member Garrity said.

“What happened was, a few years back the snow plow pushed the wall out, then even the door. What I’m going to do is push the roof back up.”

Garrity responded, “I’m going to want the building inspector to look at it after you do that. I’ve been driving by that building for I don’t know how many years.”

Council member Clinchy asked how long it would take to make the structure safe.

“I would anticipate more than a month, weather permitting, since I’m still going into chemo,” Lieto said, adding that he and some friends would do the work. “I’ll put boarding around so nobody can go in. It’s just the one wall that was pushed in and the roof.”

A discussion ensued concerning the property’s zoning.  Lieto suggested it is in a commercial zone while Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy thought it might be residential, but that the board would look into it.

“You’re going to see the building inspector and be back here in a month with a plan” of what “the building inspector says is safe,” Clinchy said.

Murphy said if the board does not see a progression in a timely fashion, “the town will do it.”

Leito responded, “That won’t happen.”

Speaking later by telephone, Leito said, “I’m getting a repair permit and I’m going to repair it. It used to be the Granite Springs Post Office. Now they moved next door. The boxes are still in it. Before it was a post office, it was a candy store.”

A public hearing on 133 Mahopac Avenue is scheduled for the April 12 Town Board meeting.

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