Tear it Down or Fix it Up? Owner of Conan building says: both

The Conan Brothers building has sat on East Genesee street for nearly 60 years and the owner of the building hopes it will look quite different soon. (Brett Hall/CNYCentral)

The scenery along E. Genesee Street could soon change with the redevelopment of a property some currently consider an eyesore.

The Conan Brothers have two buildings that sit directly across the street from the Wegman's in DeWitt. For decades the larger of the two housed Conan Real Estate. Since January 2016, both the 4,200 square-foot building, and the smaller one at the rear of the property, have sat vacant.

The buildings themselves have no code violations, according to Sam Gordon, the Town of DeWitt planning and zoning director. However, recent development surrounding the property has highlighted aging 1950's paint peeling from the facade on both buildings.

"The building is past its useful life," Jim Conan, the building owner said. "We can understand the fact that it looks like it has just been let go or abandoned."

However, that is not the image Conan said he wants the community to see.

"Our original plan was to tear down both buildings on the property and build a new smaller building for a single Tenant," Conan said. "When those plans fell through, we worked with the Town in making revisions that would call for us to tear down the rear building and do a total renovation of the front building."

Renderings were given to and depict a remodel that mimics the appearance of the neighboring Aldi store.

"It will really be the last piece in the development redevelopment of West Genesee Street," Conan said. "We’re in the process of identifying Tenants for a newly renovated building and hope to have the project completed in 2018."

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