Swan Street https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Swan Street https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Tue, 27 Feb 2024 11:49:01 -0500 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Sat, 13 Jan 2024 19:37:00 -0500 Fire investigators determine Swan Street blaze 'incendiary,' investigation ongoing https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/fire-investigators-determine-swan-street-blaze-incendiary-investigation-ongoing/637914
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Photo of 46 Swan St., Batavia, taken Nov. 2 by Chuck Bernard.

Fire investigators with Batavia City Fire have concluded that Friday's blaze at the former Backhoe Joe's, 46 Swan St., was the blaze "ignited under circumstances when a fire should not be ignited," according to a press release.

The press release notes, "a fire declared incendiary does not indicate the crime of arson."

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/fire-investigators-determine-swan-street-blaze-incendiary-investigation-ongoing/637914#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/fire-investigators-determine-swan-street-blaze-incendiary-investigation-ongoing/637914 Jan 13, 2024, 7:37pm Swan Street Fire investigators determine Swan Street blaze 'incendiary,' investigation ongoing Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="46 swan street batavia" class="image-style-large" height="487" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-01/368032148_791397956076342_8802249387296243632_n.jpg?itok=04Y-aPhx" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Photo of 46 Swan St., Batavia, taken Nov. 2 by Chuck Bernard.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>Fire investigators with Batavia City Fire have concluded that Friday's blaze at the former Backhoe Joe's, 46 Swan St., was the blaze <span>"ignited under circumstances when a fire should not be ignited," according to a press release.</span></p><p><span>The press release notes, "a fire declared incendiary does not indicate the crime of arson."</span></p>
Former Backhoe Joe's building nearly valueless, slated for demolition, wasn't insured owner says https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/former-backhoe-joes-building-nearly-valueless-slated-for-demolition-wasnt-insured
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Chuck Bernard took this photo on Dec. 17, which shows 46 Swan St., Batavia, as it was being prepared for demolition.  Bernard noted that the orange object on the ground in the lower right is a sleeping bag. Owner Ron Viele said he was trying to keep transients out of the building.

It's been Ron Viele's intention for years to tear down the wood-framed structure at 46 Swan St., Batavia, once known as Backhoe Joe's, because it has been an eyesore on Swan that potentially devalues the rest of his property on the street.

Viele owns Viele Construction, which has an office at 61 Swan St.

"I want to make sure that street looks as good as possible," Viele told The Batavian.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/former-backhoe-joes-building-nearly-valueless-slated-for-demolition-wasnt-insured#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/former-backhoe-joes-building-nearly-valueless-slated-for-demolition-wasnt-insured Jan 13, 2024, 5:21pm Swan Street Former Backhoe Joe's building nearly valueless, slated for demolition, wasn't insured owner says Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="46 swan street" class="image-style-large" height="450" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-01/419125732_7035281063207178_6775190791423670252_n.jpg?itok=UUfNdKrM" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Chuck Bernard took this photo on Dec. 17, which shows 46 Swan St., Batavia, as it was being prepared for demolition. &nbsp;Bernard noted that the orange object on the ground in the lower right is a sleeping bag. Owner Ron Viele said he was trying to keep transients out of the building.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>It's been Ron Viele's intention for years to tear down the wood-framed structure at 46 Swan St., Batavia, once known as Backhoe Joe's, because it has been an eyesore on Swan that potentially devalues the rest of his property on the street.</p><p>Viele owns Viele Construction, which has an office at 61 Swan St.</p><p>"I want to make sure that street looks as good as possible," Viele told The Batavian.</p>
Photos: Workers remove loose bricks from facade of building on Swan Street https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-workers-remove-loose-bricks-facade-building-swan-street/30718

Workers were on Swan Street in Batavia today knocking away loose bricks from the facade of the old Wiard Plow factory office building. Property co-owner Todd Audsley said the goal was to remove loose bricks before high winds hit the area tonight.

Long-term, the owners are working on a restoration project for the building. The facade will eventually be restored to look as much like the original as possible.

There is a high-wind warning in place starting at midnight through 10 p.m., Saturday.

Winds of 35 to 40 mph are expected with gusts up to 70 mph.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-workers-remove-loose-bricks-facade-building-swan-street/30718#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-workers-remove-loose-bricks-facade-building-swan-street/30718 Mar 2, 2012, 4:34pm Swan Street Photos: Workers remove loose bricks from facade of building on Swan Street Howard Owens <p> </p> <p> Workers were on Swan Street in Batavia today knocking away loose bricks from the facade of the old Wiard Plow factory office building. Property co-owner Todd Audsley said the goal was to remove loose bricks before high winds hit the area tonight.</p> <p> Long-term, the owners are working on a restoration</p>
Reader Photos: Wiard factory fire https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/reader-photos-wiard-factory-fire/15597 reader_wiardplow02.jpg

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/reader-photos-wiard-factory-fire/15597#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/reader-photos-wiard-factory-fire/15597 May 9, 2010, 12:19am Swan Street Reader Photos: Wiard factory fire Howard Owens <p><img width="460" height="322" border="0" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/images/reader_wiardplow02.jpg" alt="reader_wiardplow02.jpg"></p> <p><img width="351" height="265" border="0" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/images/wiardplow4.jpg" alt="wiardplow4.jpg"></p> <p>More pictures after the jump:</p> <!--break--> <p><img width="351" height="265" border="0" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/images/wiard3.jpg" alt="wiard3.jpg"></p> <p><img width="351" height="265" border="0" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/images/wiard2.jpg" alt="wiard2.jpg"></p> <p><img width="460" height="320" border="0" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/images/reader_wiardplow03.jpg" alt="reader_wiardplow03.jpg"></p> <p><img width="460" height="288" border="0" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/images/reader_wiardplow04.jpg" alt="reader_wiardplow04.jpg"></p>
Batavia man trapped under car rescued by local trio https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/howard-owens/batavia-man-trapped-under-car-rescued-local-trio/14584

Fast action by three people on Swan Street this evening saved a Batavia man from possible serious injury after a car he was working on slipped off a jack and trapped him.

The man, Dean Case, started yelling and two men nearby heard him as well as two boys.

The boys, Peter and Philip, ran to get their mom, Kim Koziol, who called 9-1-1. Jeremy Fitzsimmons and his friend Josh Fye, who was visiting from Darien, rushed to see what was going on.

They said all they could see was Case's legs sticking from under the car. Fitzsimmons ran to get a jack and Fye pushed the car from behind to keep it from rolling back further onto Case. Koziol then came with two wheel ramps and pushed them behind the rear tires to help hold the jacked-up vehicle in place.

Case, who was working on his transmission, stood up immediately after he was pulled from under the vehicle, and he was fully conscious. Fitzsimmons said his first words were, "Next time, I'm calling L&L."

A short time later, Officer John Zola and Batavia Fire personnel arrived on scene. Mercy EMS transported Chase to UMMC for evaluation.

Fitzsimmons and Fye demurred when asked if they were heroes. "We were just in the right place at the right time," Fye said.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/howard-owens/batavia-man-trapped-under-car-rescued-local-trio/14584#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/howard-owens/batavia-man-trapped-under-car-rescued-local-trio/14584 Apr 7, 2010, 6:39pm Swan Street Batavia man trapped under car rescued by local trio Howard Owens <p></p> <p>Fast action by three people on Swan Street this evening saved a Batavia man from possible serious injury after a car he was working on slipped off a jack and trapped him.</p> <p>The man, Dean Case, started yelling and two men nearby heard him as well as two boys.</p> <p>The</p>