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April 24, 2013

Family in limbo following Rouses Point fire

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BABY GRAND DESTROYED

Laramie said he handed the case off to the Village of Rouses Point code enforcement officer on Monday.

If Chapman wants to rebuild, he’ll have to consult the Zoning Board, he said.

“There’s all those different hoops that he has to jump through.”

The former hotel was looking good, Chapman said, as the siding on the outside of the structure was just finished last summer.

And Chapman was in the beginning stages of building the apartments; he had just received the building permits, he said.

“I had started on one. At this point in the game, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “It’s a total change of plans.”

About $75,000 of equipment in Chapman’s recording studio was destroyed, including a 24-track hard drive, a baby grand piano and a 16-track analog recorder.

When the hotel was still in operation — before the main structure burned and had to be razed in 1984 — Chapman played in the bands The Triads and the Saxony Stage Band there for 13 years.

FEW BELONGINGS

On Tuesday, Chapman and his family were in the process of taking their RV and moving the few belongings they had salvaged to a mobile home a neighbor offered as a temporary residence.

After staying with relatives Monday night, they drove to Plattsburgh Tuesday morning to buy bedding and other necessities.

Erin, he said, is “handling it pretty well. Right now, she’s not in school because we’re trying to get re-situated.”

The next step will be clearing the debris off his property, Chapman said.

“I don’t know if I can salvage the first, second and third floors or not.”

An engineer will need to assess the building before he can move forward, he said.

’A GODSEND’

Chapman said calls have been coming in from friends eager to help.

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