Former Empire Hotel collapses in Sharon Springs

The former Empire Hotel imploded Wednesday afternoon, following a heavy storm.

Posted: Aug 21, 2019 11:13 PM
Updated: Aug 22, 2019 7:07 AM

SHARON SPRINGS, N.Y. -- A former Hotel is now in pieces in the Village of Sharon Springs after it imploded Wednesday afternoon.

Sharon Springs Mayor Dave Plummer says the former Empire Hotel located on Willow Street collapsed around 2:30 pm.

Plummer says the building has been abondoned for 30 years.

Pictures taken by Garth Roberts show what the five-story hotel looked like before the implosion, and what it currently looks like.

Plummer says Village Officials have been trying to get in touch with the owner whom they believe goes by the name Spiridon Lavathinos.

Plummer mentioned that Lavathinos has ignored summons' from Sharon Springs Village Court, and never responded to violation notices from the village's code enforcement office.

No one was staying at or living in the hotel at the time of the implosion.

The possible cause of the implosion is believed to be the large amounts of rain Sharon Springs saw this week, per Mayor Plummer.

The Mayor says there is still another half of the building standing which will need to be demolished in the future.

It is estimated that the demolition will cost around $100,000 and the village plans to go after the owner for the cost.

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