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The Wiss Hotel in Le Roy stood on the corner of Route 19 and Main Street for years. It was torn down in 2013, with an empty lot left in its place.

The lot is mainly used once a year for the Le Roy Christmas tree. Some residents expressed concerns about the fate of the property at a town meeting on Aug. 16. Some residents think the lot is working out well as a park of sorts and other residents want it to be paved for more parking.

Le Roy Mayor Greg Rogers said publicly for the first time that the village has received a purchase offer.

"It was in an effort to have total government transparency," Rogers said. "The board wanted people to know that this option is on the table."

The offer, made by Tom Spadaro, came out of the blue, Rogers said.

"We were not marketing the property in any way," Rogers said.

Rogers said they have received other interesting suggestions about how the property could be used and he said he will share them at a later date. Rogers said the other offers were not purchase offers.

"It is highly unlikely that the board would be making a decision before the end of the year," Rogers said.

According to Michael Eula, Ph.D., the Genesee County historian, the Wiss Hotel began as the Globe and Eagle Tavern.

“Sources indicate that it was a two-story building, that initially served as a store,” Eula said.

In a summary of the Wiss Hotel’s history compiled by Eula, in 1802 the hotel was a tavern, also known as a “publick house.” In 1826, the store of Samuel DeVeaux and Rufus Robertson was sold and the new owner named the structure the “Globe and Eagle.” Eventually, after numerous owners, John Wiss bought it and renamed it the Wiss Hotel in 1869.

Eula said the hotel had long been recognized as a source of historical interest.

Le Roy historian Lynne Belluscio has found sources indicating that Daniel Webster once stayed there, Eula said.

“Despite its long history, the hotel eventually fell on hard times,” Eula said.

By 2011, more than $22,000 in back taxes was owed.

“Because the building was in such disrepair at this point, the Genesee County Legislature refused to foreclose on the property,” Eula said. “The legislature saw it as a safety hazard.”

The building was demolished in April of 2013, despite concerned citizens' attempts to save it.

"Right now, we are still listening to the public," Rogers said. "It is not an urgent matter."

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https://www.thebatavian.com/maria-pericozzi/village-has-no-immediate-plans-for-former-wiss-hotel-location-but-options-are-open#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/maria-pericozzi/village-has-no-immediate-plans-for-former-wiss-hotel-location-but-options-are-open Sep 11, 2017, 9:47am Wiss Hotel Village has no immediate plans for former Wiss Hotel location, but options are open mpericoz_209552 <div> <p>The Wiss Hotel in Le Roy stood on the corner of Route&nbsp;19 and Main Street&nbsp;for years. It was torn down in 2013, with an empty lot left in its place.</p> <p>The lot is mainly&nbsp;used once a year for the Le Roy Christmas tree. Some residents expressed concerns about the fate</p></div>
Former Wiss Hotel awning restored and hung at the Smokin' Eagle https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/former-wiss-hotel-awning-restored-and-hung-at-the-smokin-eagle/149605
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The journey for the old awning on the former Wiss Hotel to the Smokin' Eagle was a lot longer than a trip across the street and down the block. It involved a $1 auction purchase, some BOCES students, the chance discovering of a historic photo and a lost cat.

Once the decision was made to tear down the Wiss, the Eagle's co-owner, Jay Beaumont, asked Bob Lathan if the village could save the awning. Beaumont had some vague idea that he might want to install it somewhere on the Eagle building at some point.

Once saved, it was added to the Village's surplus property auction, and with no other buyers, Beaumont was able to purchase it for $1.

Then it sat in the DPW lot for eight months because the awning was in pretty bad shape and Beaumont had no real idea what to do with it or how to restore it. Then through a chance meeting with a BOCES official at his daughter's volleyball game, he found out there was a group of students at BOCES who would love to take on just such a restoration project.

Once those wheels were in motion, Beaumont began to wonder what words once appeared on the awning. There was blank spot for the sign, but no sign.

He called one of the building's former owners, Don Pangrazio, and he had no idea. The next day, Pangrazio saw a post on the website Le Roy Then and Now. It was of the Wiss in the 1930s and included the awning.

The sign read, "Tap Room."

Mystery solved.

And Beaumont acquired a copy of that photo. The photo now hangs on the wall of the Eagle, next to an enlargement of the portion of the hotel with the awning. 

When Beaumont got the enlargement back, he looked it over carefully just to see what he might see, and he saw a sign in the window that read "John Hepps."

About this time, Beaumont's cat went missing. He loves his cat and he was pretty upset. The cat went missing on Father's Day. He had us post about the missing cat on The Batavian and he put up fliers around Le Roy.

On Monday, July 4, still missing his cat, Beaumont went down the Eagle in the morning to hang the pictures. His partner Jon Marcello stopped by and Beaumont said, "hey, look at this," pointing the sign with "John Hepps" on it.

Marcello did a quick Google search and found he had been a contractor in Le Roy.

That evening, Beaumont gets a call from a woman, Rose Marie Betts, who thinks she found Beaumont's lost cat. Beaumont drove over to her house thinking, "this is another false lead."

But it wasn't.

Overjoyed, he took his cat home. She was home. She was safe and she was in good health.

"My couldn’t believe that cat came out of the woods that day," Beaumont said.

Beaumont drove back to Bett's house to give her a reward. She refused the money. He decided, well, maybe he could give her a gift certificate to the Eagle.

He told her he was co-owner of the Smokin' Eagle, "but before I could go any further, she goes, 'My grandfather used to own the Wiss and his name is John Hepps.' I was on a high with the cat, but that took me to the next level. My mouth dropped. I couldn’t believe it."

So Betts and her daughter, Christine, were guests of honor last night at the official unveiling of the restored owning inside the Eagle, which also served as the fourth anniversary of the business and a customer appreciation night.

Top photo: Jon Marcello pulls the string releasing the balloon-filled cover on the Wiss awning for its official unveiling.

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Beaumont, with the mic, speaks after the unveiling.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/former-wiss-hotel-awning-restored-and-hung-at-the-smokin-eagle/149605#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/former-wiss-hotel-awning-restored-and-hung-at-the-smokin-eagle/149605 Jul 9, 2016, 4:35pm Wiss Hotel Former Wiss Hotel awning restored and hung at the Smokin' Eagle Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2016-06/eaglewissawning2016.jpg?itok=vlPRNQvZ" width="460" height="587" alt="eaglewissawning2016.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>The journey for the old awning on the former Wiss Hotel to the Smokin' Eagle was a lot longer than a trip across the street and down the block. It involved a $1 auction purchase, some BOCES students, the chance discovering of a historic photo and a lost cat.</p> <p>Once</p>
Le Roy Scout has Eagle eye on Wiss Hotel site https://www.thebatavian.com/raymond-coniglio/le-roy-scout-has-eagle-eye-on-wiss-hotel-site/111695
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Grant Hertzler, center, presents a community service project to the Le Roy Village Board on Wednesday. Also pictured, from left, is Trustee Bob Taylor, Mayor Greg Rogers and trustees Bill Kettle and Jim Bonacquisti. Grant, a member of Boy Scout Troop 6016, hopes to beautify the former Wiss Hotel site as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project.

Grant Hertzler has a plan for the former Wiss Hotel site.

And the Le Roy High School junior pitched his idea to a supportive Village Board this week — from a lofty perch.

The mayor’s seat.

Grant, 16, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 6016 in Pavilion. He is pursuing his Eagle Scout rank, which requires him to lead a community service project.

His goal is to beautify the now-vacant hotel site at Main and Lake streets (routes 5 and 19). He was prepared with a laptop computer on Wednesday, to outline the project for the Village Board.

The board wanted a closer look, so Mayor Greg Rogers obliged by offering his seat at the table.

The Wiss Hotel was razed in 2013. The village has since installed an electric service panel for the Community Christmas Tree that is raised on the lot every holiday season, but the lot is otherwise vacant.

Grant said he would give the site a facelift by building a shed to house the electrical panel, leveling the ground and adding mulch and greenery. He would also upgrade the gravel circle where the Christmas Tree usually stands.

“I would either put brick over that, or a more-appealing stone,” he said.

Grant said he would recruit volunteers and obtain donations of material and money.

“This would be at no cost to the village,” he told the board.

Village Board members were encouraging, and even suggested the Department of Public Works could support the project by donating in-kind services.

“I like your ideas,” Trustee Bill Kettle said.

Grant said he hopes to begin work this spring. The project has to be finished by the time he turns 18, and then presented to an Eagle Board of Review.

Grant is the son of Neil and Deb Hertzler, of Le Roy. He picked the Wiss Hotel site because it needs improving — a goal that’s ambitious but manageable.

He agreed to bring detailed drawings and plans back to the board in six weeks.

Trustees had a final question: How did he feel sitting in for the mayor?

“Powerful,” Grant said.

“Don’t be fooled,” Rogers said.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/raymond-coniglio/le-roy-scout-has-eagle-eye-on-wiss-hotel-site/111695#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/raymond-coniglio/le-roy-scout-has-eagle-eye-on-wiss-hotel-site/111695 Jan 16, 2016, 12:44pm Wiss Hotel Le Roy Scout has Eagle eye on Wiss Hotel site rconiglio_70539 <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/70539/2015-12/le_roy_village_11616.jpg?itok=Zl1KSGyT" width="460" height="304" alt="le_roy_village_11616.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><em>Grant Hertzler, center, presents a community service project to the Le Roy Village Board on Wednesday. Also pictured, from left, is Trustee Bob Taylor, Mayor Greg Rogers and trustees Bill Kettle and Jim Bonacquisti. Grant, a member of Boy Scout Troop 6016, hopes to beautify the former Wiss Hotel site</em></p>
Lathan Tree Service donating 30-foot Christmas Tree to Le Roy community to be placed at Wiss site https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/lathan-tree-service-donating-30-foot-christmas-tree-le-roy-community-be-placed-wiss-sit

Where the Wiss Hotel once stood this holiday season will stand a huge amount of Christmas cheer thanks to Andrew Lathan, owner of Lathan Tree Service, and his family.

The Lathans are donating a 30-foot tall artificial Christmas tree to the community.

Businesses and families are asked to provide ornaments to the tree. The ornament should have a name or business logo on it.

Ornaments can be dropped off at Town Hall by the end of November.

Ornaments should be at least 6-inches tall. 

"This is a very large tree," the Lathans note. It will be as tall as the existing buildings on the west end of Main Street.

The tree will be lit Dec. 7 as part of the community's holiday celebration.

Pictured are Jack, Jay, Aubrey and Carrie Lathan with the unassembled tree.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/lathan-tree-service-donating-30-foot-christmas-tree-le-roy-community-be-placed-wiss-sit#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/lathan-tree-service-donating-30-foot-christmas-tree-le-roy-community-be-placed-wiss-sit Nov 15, 2013, 4:59pm Wiss Hotel Lathan Tree Service donating 30-foot Christmas Tree to Le Roy community to be placed at Wiss site Howard Owens <p></p> <p>Where the Wiss Hotel once stood this holiday season will stand a huge amount of Christmas cheer thanks to Andrew Lathan, owner of Lathan Tree Service, and his family.</p> <p>The Lathans are donating a 30-foot tall artificial Christmas tree to the community.</p> <p>Businesses and families are asked to provide ornaments</p>
Photo: Le Roy's Presbyterian Church without the Wiss https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-le-roys-presbyterian-church-without-wiss/37326

At one meeting about the future of the Wiss Hotel building, Trustee Jim Bonacquisti said he looked forward to driving south on Route 19 and seeing the Presbyterian Church without the Wiss blocking the view.

After the building was done, Mayor Greg Rogers said, "The other day I had the opportunity after the building was somewhat down to come up Lake Street. My personal opinion is nothing looks more inviting and I'll say more New England than to see a wooden white church with a steeple and and open porch as you drive into a community. It's pretty striking. It really kinds of shows you the place where we all live."

This is a picture taken this morning of the church from behind where the Wiss once stood.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-le-roys-presbyterian-church-without-wiss/37326#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-le-roys-presbyterian-church-without-wiss/37326 May 7, 2013, 10:57am Wiss Hotel Photo: Le Roy's Presbyterian Church without the Wiss Howard Owens <p></p> <p>At one meeting about the future of the Wiss Hotel building, Trustee Jim Bonacquisti said he looked forward to driving south on Route 19 and seeing the Presbyterian Church without the Wiss blocking the view.</p> <p>After the building was done, Mayor Greg Rogers said, "The other day I had the</p>
Le Roy mayor wants to see the village take its time on deciding the future of former Wiss property https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-mayor-wants-see-village-take-its-time-deciding-future-former-wiss-property/37107 Ignore the rumors, whatever they may be, Le Roy Mayor Greg Rogers said tonight during a village board meeting.

If there were any offers for the now vacant lot where the Wiss Hotel once stood, he would know about it, and there have been none.

"Any time you hear a rumor, because I think I'm the guy they have to call first if they want to buy it, don't get in an uproar, because people like to start rumors."

Previously, Rogers had said that by the second meeting in April he would have a plan or an idea of a plan about what to do with the corner of Route 19 and Route 5.

The plan right now, he said, is to wait.

He wants to give the village residents six months to absorb the idea of that empty corner and present ideas about what they think should be done with it.

After six months, he will seek an outside real estate broker to get it appraised and see if there are any suitors. 

Rogers said early on the gas station chain Fast Track contacted the village, but he said he discouraged them.

"They have beautiful stores, but that's not what we're looking for," he said.

At one meeting during the debates about the Wiss, Trustee Jim Bonacquisti said he was looking forward to seeing what it would be like to drive into the village without the Wiss blocking the view of the Presbyterian Church.

"The other day I had the opportunity after the building was somewhat down to come up Lake Street," Rogers said. "My personal opinion is nothing looks more inviting and I'll say more New England than to see a wooden white church with a steeple and and open porch as you drive into a community. It's pretty striking. It really kinds of shows you the place where we all live."

Most of the responsibility for determining what happens with the corner will fall to the village and town planning board, but since the village owns the property, the trustees will have quite a bit of say about what happens with the lot.

And Rogers is mindful that whatever happens, at least half the people will be angry.

"No matter what goes there, half the people are going to be mad and you're looking at five idiots and the other half are going 'that's not so bad,' " Rogers said.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-mayor-wants-see-village-take-its-time-deciding-future-former-wiss-property/37107#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-mayor-wants-see-village-take-its-time-deciding-future-former-wiss-property/37107 Apr 24, 2013, 11:14pm Wiss Hotel Le Roy mayor wants to see the village take its time on deciding the future of former Wiss property Howard Owens <p>Ignore the rumors, whatever they may be, Le Roy Mayor Greg Rogers said tonight during a village board meeting.</p> <p>If there were any offers for the now vacant lot where the Wiss Hotel once stood, he would know about it, and there have been none.</p> <p>"Any time you hear a</p>
Photos: Taking down the Wiss https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-taking-down-wiss/37026

Demolition should be largely wrapped up today.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-taking-down-wiss/37026#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-taking-down-wiss/37026 Apr 19, 2013, 1:01pm Wiss Hotel Photos: Taking down the Wiss Howard Owens <p></p> <p>Demolition should be largely wrapped up today.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p>
What now? https://www.thebatavian.com/bud-prevost/what-now/37012 Well, the demolition is underway. Whether you agree or disagree with the board's action, you have to commend them for doing something. The Wiss had to go. I appreciate the hard choice that was made, but it's time to move on. What happens now?

First, the view looking east when sitting at the southbound intersection is going to be improved 843%. The Creek, the library, and the school campus are all preferable to  that protruding brick corner that made walking dangerous.

Second, the DOT needs to address a busy intersection that is only going to get busier. Busier? "Why" you may ask. Brings me to

Third, the increase of truck traffic out of the Agri Yogurt park. Do you really believe they will go through the city to hit 98, or take 33 to 490 and backtrack to the thruway? Nope, the majority of trucks gettting on the thruway will proceed through Leroy to 19 north. That is a legitamate concern, and I would recommend we focus our efforts on getting that intersection reconfigured.

Perhaps Mr. Hyde from the GCEDC could help. He seems to have free rein with taxpayer money. Maybe he could pull some strings and make that widened intersection happen. Senator Raz. and Ass. Hawley are extremely enamored by him, so please Steve, help us poor peons in Leroy.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/bud-prevost/what-now/37012#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/bud-prevost/what-now/37012 Apr 18, 2013, 11:31pm Wiss Hotel What now? buddyholly4863 <p>Well, the demolition is underway. Whether you agree or disagree with the board's action, you have to commend them for doing something. The Wiss had to go. I appreciate the hard choice that was made, but it's time to move on. What happens now?</p> <p>First, the view looking east when</p>
Photo: The Wiss's sagging third floor https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-wisss-sagging-third-floor/37002

On my way out of Le Roy, I stopped by the Wiss again and got there just before Tim Hens did.

I know from previous conversations, Tim was pretty interested in how a third floor was added to a wood-frame building.

It looks like the third floor was just built right on top of the roof of the original structure. What we're seeing is the back of the original structure and a portion of the added on third floor, which was built across the original structure and a later extension to the back of the building.

The other key thing -- and this picture doesn't really capture it as obviously as it is visible in person -- is how much the third floor and second floor ceiling is sagging.

Hens and Bob Lathan talked about the condition of the building a bit. As you know from our previous tour of the building, there was a sheet of ice on a large portion of the third floor.

Lathan said since then we've have a few thaws and refreezes.

Hens said ice weighs as much as concrete.

Lathan said the string he had stretched through the second floor to measure settling of the building had dropped 3/4 of an inch in the last month.

Though Hens said it's just his opinion and not scientific, based on what he observed today, he doesn't think the building would have lasted through another winter.

Hens said it probably still would have taken a developer gutting the building to accurately access the soundness of the structure.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-wisss-sagging-third-floor/37002#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-wisss-sagging-third-floor/37002 Apr 18, 2013, 3:25pm Wiss Hotel Photo: The Wiss's sagging third floor Howard Owens <p></p> <p>On my way out of Le Roy, I stopped by the Wiss again and got there just before Tim Hens did.</p> <p>I know from previous conversations, Tim was pretty interested in how a third floor was added to a wood-frame building.</p> <p>It looks like the third floor was just built</p>
Photo: Wiss demolition, https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-wiss-demolition/37001

Just a photo to show the progress of the Wiss Hotel demolition.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-wiss-demolition/37001#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-wiss-demolition/37001 Apr 18, 2013, 1:54pm Wiss Hotel Photo: Wiss demolition, Howard Owens <p></p> <p>Just a photo to show the progress of the Wiss Hotel demolition.</p>