Sportsplex on fire how convenient

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Doug Owen

Keyport, NJ

#1 Feb 9, 2012
Does Charlie digristina own this place too?
Good one

Utica, NY

#2 Feb 9, 2012
Doug Owen wrote:
Does Charlie digristina own this place too?
Thats funny thanks!

I have a funny story about that- A contractor type guy I know "G", and who I believe, claims he was awake at like 1-2am that night and watched CD remove stuff. He went outside again at about 5am and saw the smoke and called 911. He went to the fire up the street and told them what he saw and was turned away! We still laugh about that!
CAPO

Syracuse, NY

#3 Feb 9, 2012
the mouth on you
Earle Reed

Manlius, NY

#4 Feb 9, 2012
Can't sell your building, business, or need to remodel? Do it the "Utica Way".

Ya Burn it.
VinnyBagADonuts

Utica, NY

#5 Feb 9, 2012
Well I am sure all that will be left will be the cinder blocks for the basement as the Utica Foundation Deliverers are on the scene. You can bet Rusty Brooks will state they faught an "agressive exterior attack" though.
mr bojingles

Rome, NY

#6 Feb 9, 2012
I have a bit of knowledge on this matter and I can tell you that the chances of arson are extremely high.

The owners of SprtsPlex have been butting heads for years. They can't get any money out of their investment.

I would be very suprised if it wasn't arson.

The owners son is super sketchy DA jr that is.
Didnt get that

Utica, NY

#7 Feb 9, 2012
Who?
mr bojingles wrote:
I have a bit of knowledge on this matter and I can tell you that the chances of arson are extremely high.
The owners of SprtsPlex have been butting heads for years. They can't get any money out of their investment.
I would be very suprised if it wasn't arson.
The owners son is super sketchy DA jr that is.
What

Rome, NY

#8 Feb 9, 2012
Loved the tv picture of the fire shows front of the building with a big " for sale" sign on it.
yupyup

Watertown, NY

#9 Feb 9, 2012
Ooh! A fire sale! Get'em while they're hot before there's nothing but embers! Bonfires!$19.99 shipping and handling is free!

“Getting To The Meat Of It”

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#10 Feb 9, 2012
Look burning buildings at least gets rid of them. As we well know, in Utica vacant buildings falling down is a major problem. Demolishing city owned properties takes years, and no money is available. The firemen are paid already, so they had to work once. Vacant cleared land is much more pleasing to a developer, so it might sell.

Sounds sadly like this is the answer to Urban Development.
Earle Reed

Manlius, NY

#11 Feb 9, 2012
And WKTV's story was outstanding this morning. The OD didnt have squat till they all woke up at 9am and put something on their website.

WKTV on the other hand Donny S. stated they were "working the phones" for info. WTF?? Go down there and cover the damn fire.
nonamie

Saratoga Springs, NY

#12 Feb 9, 2012
Sad, since this building wasn't completely vacant...
French Road

Utica, NY

#13 Feb 9, 2012
I drove down French Road about 11:30-11:45 last night, and there was a burning rubber smell in the area. Wonder if it was already smoldering.

Oh and on a lighter note, did anyone see all the smashed up cars on the arterial this morning. Can't wait for Daytona.
1973 Titans

New York, NY

#14 Feb 9, 2012
Will it be the city s obligation to clean up that property also ?
Earle Reed

Manlius, NY

#15 Feb 9, 2012
1973 Titans wrote:
Will it be the city s obligation to clean up that property also ?
Hmmmmmm

Add it to the city's tab. Sportplex, Manny's, Klotz's James Street property. And the list goes on.

Maybe the city will add to it's $65 million in bonds to pay for all this.
i second that

United States

#16 Feb 9, 2012
Good one wrote:
<quoted text>Thats funny thanks!
I have a funny story about that- A contractor type guy I know "G", and who I believe, claims he was awake at like 1-2am that night and watched CD remove stuff. He went outside again at about 5am and saw the smoke and called 911. He went to the fire up the street and told them what he saw and was turned away! We still laugh about that!
I heard/believe very similar stories too
VinnyBagADonuts

Utica, NY

#17 Feb 9, 2012
Doesn't look like they saved much as usual.
French Road

Utica, NY

#18 Feb 10, 2012
VinnyBagADonuts wrote:
Doesn't look like they saved much as usual.
You're wrong. The concrete pad looks to be near pristine in appearance.
un-name

Utica, NY

#19 Feb 10, 2012
nonamie wrote:
Sad, since this building wasn't completely vacant...
So true!! I know at least Roller Derby used it pretty often every week. Pretty sure they kept equipment in there too? hope all's not lost :(
But hey

Utica, NY

#20 Feb 10, 2012
JUst as ong as the Gunshop is intact and the expensive miniature collectable trains are safe no one cares about the insurance scam next door!

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