Thursday, January 14, 2016

Building to be Razed....Owner Loses All

        The owner of the Bull Tavern says he has lost everything as his building has been deemed unsafe and he has no insurance after the West Main Street structure began falling apart during a wind storm earlier this week.
       Brian Kroft is a retired soldier and says he doesn't have the resources to repair the building, which will come to the ground on Friday. I presume the City will pay for the demolition, since the situation is dangerous and has resulted in the closure of the street.
      Whatever the specifics, it's always sad to see a small business owner suffer this fate.
       The building has housed taverns for years including the Turf Club and JR's.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/retired-fort-drum-soldier-lost-everything-in-damage-at-bull-tavern--20160114

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's too bad. Bad to lose a cool building and sad for an upstanding guy trying to make a living.

Anonymous said...

Yes, sad to see his loss.

Note that he did not take any money from any of the wise men: JCIDA, JCED, DANC, WSB, Watertown Trust, etc. An honest effort as an honest entrepreneur. No so the landlord who asked for and got relief on his loan because his occupancy rate is down.

This is no balance here.

Anonymous said...

The news says the owner will be responsible for the cost of the demolition,some 180k.Yeah,right,a retired soldier with no insurance on it,don't think so,I foresee the city owning another vacant lot in the future real soon.

ray lear said...

Real shame and no one to blame. Anyone of us could have ended out in the same boat. Hope he can find another place, and get his business out of the deep hole this took him into. It was such a nice old building. Can easily see how someone would have wanted to use that place as a business. It is a chance that went wrong. A gamble. You win or loose on a gamble. Poor dude lost. Dude who wanted my blog....called the hotline....The link is up with this post.

Anonymous said...

There was a Facebook meme earlier this week: The Dumbest Cartoon From The Left on Hard Work of ALL TIME - Leftists don't understand Economics 101; therefore, privilage or something.

Look-ey, look-ey at today's WDT Op-Ed page. The Dumbest Cartoon From The Left on Hard Work of ALL TIME!

I guess Business Executive's aren't the ones buying all their advertising.

My God, the pinko bent the paper has taken under current editorship!

Anonymous said...

How can business owner not have insurance on their property? The city tax payers will once again pick the bill.

Anonymous said...

1:03- the whole situation is sad but I kind of have to agree with you. What if the roof blew off while patrons were inside and people got hurt? Would he have had insurance to cover that? I can't imagine having liability insurance without structural insurance but maybe that does happen.

Ima said...

$187,000??? That's insane. Should be less than $50k. A few thousand to rent the equipment for a couple days. A few operators at $50/hr and a little trucking to the land fill. Or better yet, leave the hard fill there until someone else needs it and have them pay for the trucking.
And I hope the city had an engineer look at this. I smell a lawsuit.
The city should have put in a few concrete barriers and opened up west main with a single lane in each direction. Then they'd have time to do a real assessment.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

You presumed the City would pick up the tab for the demolition - oops... I guess Mr. Kroft assumed that, too? Ouch.

Anonymous said...

The IDA will cover it... just tell they you need a loan for expansion... by the time they come around to check, there will be new grass growing...