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Former Brennan Motor Car Co. complex in downtown Syracuse to be torn down

The crumbling former Brennan Motor Co. complex in downtown Syracuse will be demolished.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, John Kuppermann of Smith Restaurant Supply company, whose building is across the street, reported that National Grid and an excavator had arrived at the property. Syracuse's Director of Code Enforcement Ken Townsley confirmed the building will be demolished by its owner, which will pay for the full cost of the demolition.

"On Wednesday we declared it an emergency demolition," Townsley said.

The mayor's office says demolition will begin Monday, January 16th and parts of East Water Street and Townsend Street will be closed at times to facilitate it. Demolition is expected to take two to three weeks to complete.

The complex dates to the 1900's and is listed as a "local protected site" in the City of Syracuse, but has drawn criticism from neighbors for years over its appearance.

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For years the decrepit buildings, which sit at the intersection of South Townsend Street and Water Street have been surrounded by barriers put in place by the city after bricks starting falling from the buildings onto the nearby sidewalk.

As the buildings have decayed, multiple sections of their roofs have collapsed. When we spoke to him for our report in October 2016, Kuppermann told us he was finding sheets of roofing that had fallen from the nearby building.

The complex is owned by Republic Holding LLC., which is based out of Brooklyn, N.Y.

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