Syracuse Land Bank plans to demolish site of two recent youth murders

Syracuse Land Bank plans to demolish site of two recent youth murders (CNYCentral File Photo)

The apartment complex where two young people were shot and killed in the last few months will be demolished.

According to Syracuse city officials, the property at 165 John St./901 Park St. is expected to be vacated and secured within the next month following the required process.

The building is the site where 16-year-old Antonio Gullotto was killed Monday night and where 12-year-old James Springer, III lived. He was shot and killed in October.

The city seized the property back in May for non-payment of taxes and conveyed it to the Greater Syracuse Land Bank.

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The Land Bank’s ability to manage the property was delayed due to legal action taken by the previous owner, an Australia-based landlord, to block ownership and property management by the Land Bank, according to the city. The Land Bank was returned control of the building on Dec. 11 and is now beginning the legal process to take over responsible management of the property, which appears unfit for habitation given its condition and history of code violations.

It plans to demolish the structure early next year.

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