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May 16, 2013

Owner of former Saxony plans to rebuild

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“We’re still waiting on all the blueprints and stuff like that.”

Marc will also have to meet with the Village Board to discuss the fate of his property, Sterling said.

“It’s a process.”

The paperwork is due in a couple of weeks, he said.

Marc had been renovating the first floor of the structure into apartments before the fire happened.

ESTIMATES

He is waiting for cost estimates from Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company in Plattsburgh for the steel beams and other materials he will need, he said.

Chazy Hardware is calculating the price of a new roof for him.

“They’re figuring out exactly what I need for materials,” Marc said. “The next thing is to get the money.

“Right now, I don’t have much money, but right now I’m interested in somebody that might be interested in a partnership.”

Marc had no insurance on the property, and so no investigation was launched to determined the fire’s cause. It appeared to have sparked in the elevator shaft at the back of the building, however.

He said he’s hoping demolition of the fourth floor and construction can start soon.

Until the building is habitable again, he and his family will continue to live in their RV and a mobile home that his neighbor and friend Joe Turner offered to them.

“I want to thank everyone that has participated in helping me along the way,” Marc said, which includes everyone from the fire departments to those who have made donations.

Marc said he is also thankful for what he was able to salvage from the building, including a B3 Hammond organ and the baby grand piano. 

JOINT EFFORT

The organ is damaged and in need of repair, and the piano may need fixing, too, his daughter, Susie Chapman said.

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