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County decides not to take on risk of foreclosing on a property in Le Roy

By Howard B. Owens

The owner of the former Wiss Hotel at 80 Main St., Village of Le Roy, will get to keep the property, despite owing thousands of dollars in back taxes.

The property was headed for the county's March foreclosure auction, but the Genesee County Legislature cast a unanimous vote Wednesday night saying essentially, "we don't want it."

The building, owned by New Jersey resident Emily Pangrazio, is in such a state of disrepair, county officials said, the only thing to do with it is tear it down, which would cost more than $100,000.

The county could not take title without taking responsibility for the building's disrepair, even just to auction it off later.

There's also concern that a former gas station next door could have leached contaminants onto the property, creating a potentially costly clean-up requirement.

If the county became part of the chain of title for even one day, county taxpayers could wind up footing the bill for any environmental impacts.

By voting to cancel the tax lien, the property -- with numerous alleged code violations -- becomes an issue for the owner and the village to deal with.

Several people have noted that a couple of weeks ago, crews were inside the former hotel removing fixtures and other items, basically stripping the building of salvageable items, according to witnesses.

Bob Harker

So the county doesn't want to deal with the issue, thinking it's a money pit. What do they do? Instead of working to find a solution, they transfer the problem. In this case to the town - a government entity with even less resources.

So typical for Genesee and Orleans counties.

Jan 27, 2011, 8:40am Permalink
Doug Yeomans

Yeah Bill, great idea! Okay..not really. I think you missed the part where the owner is deceased. If that word is too large for you I can shorten it up - she's dead. You can fine people and jail them all you want but if they can't pay, what did you accomplish? A: Nothing.

Jan 28, 2011, 10:58am Permalink

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