Town Supervisor: Cinema North could start coming down Aug. 1

Cinema North could begin to fall the first of August according to Salina's Town Supervisor. (Brett Hall/CNY Central)

Days after the Town of Salina threatened to take down the neglected Cinema North themselves, the property owner has filed for a demolition permit.

On Thursday, the Town of Salina began the search for a contractor to bring the eyesore down after a deadline for the owner to do so had come and gone.

On Tuesday, following at story, a demolition permit was filed at town offices by Berkley Properties, LLC., the abandoned Cinema owners.

"The Town is pleased that by working through this process the property owner has taken on the responsibility of demolishing the property on their own," said Mark Nicotra, R-Salina Town supervisor.

Demolition should begin August 1st according to Nicotra.

A representative from Berkley Properties, LLC. was not immediately available for comment. It's not yet clear what may go into the space of the old movie house.

The cinema sits at the rear of the K-mart plaza off Brewerton road in Mattydale. Very visible from I-81.

A report ordered by the Salina codes office in 2016 concluded the building is unsafe, uninhabitable and structurally unsound. Several code violations have been issued for the structure's unsecured entrances.

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