Baldwinsville (WSYR-TV) - The Fireside Inn in Baldwinsville has been closed for almost a full year and yet residents in the area continue to ask about its status.
Ownership has previously told NewsChannel 9 that the inn’s renovations would begin in the fall, but now those plans appear to be in jeopardy.
NewsChannel 9 recently learned that the Fireside Inn is at least $90,000 behind on property and school taxes. The owner, David Cole Sr., declined to discuss the taxes or whether they’re impacting his renovation plans.
In addition, no building requests for renovations at the facility have been filed with the town of Lysander. Town officials say they doubt the owner intends to renovate at all.
Cole says, however, that the renovations will be small and he won’t need a building permit. He says he’s focused on fixing the piping in the basement and upgrading appliances in the kitchen. Cole says he needed to close the restaurant and the inn in order to conduct the renovations. According to Cole, he’s also planning on fixing the facility’s façade and paint some of the interior, as well as implement some roof repairs.
Meanwhile, Cole says he’s working on building a seven-store plaza near Watertown that he says will include a Price Chopper grocery store. The workers who are at the project near Watertown will work on the Inn next.
They plan is to lay concrete this week, but inclement weather -- like snow or rain -- could push back the work on the Fireside Inn.
If they delay work on the Fireside Inn again, it will mark the third time the family has pushed back the renovations.
Cole said he will update NewsChannel 9 regarding the inside of the Fireside Inn when he returns to the area next week.