The apartment building connected to the murders of two young boys on Syracuse’s north side is being torn down this week.
On Oct. 11, 2018, James Springer III was killed just outside his apartment building on the corner of John and Park Streets. Three months later, 16-year-old Antonio Gullotto was murdered just steps away on the same corner.
“Over the past few months there have been two murders here, I think that’s contributed to a lot of the behavior associated with the building, being graffitied and vandalized. It’s become a sore spot for the neighborhood” said Katelyn Wright, Executive director of the Greater Syracuse Land Bank.
This was part of the reason the Greater Syracuse Land Bank demolished the site on Tuesday. They say there was severe sewage backup in the basement and the electrical units were not up to code causing a safety hazard.
“The upper porch was collapsing and the ceiling in one of the units was totally collapsed, and there were a lot of water leaks,” Wright said.
Neighbors say an absentee landlord who does not live in Syracuse, contributed to the growing issues in the building.
“ My kids don’t even come outside anymore. My kids were always over here playing it’s a sad thing that its going…but there’s too much drama over here,” said Roberta Carbone, who lives a few houses away.
With the building being demolished, people in the neighborhood hope much-needed change can improve their community.
The demolition will continue through Wednesday and the Land Bank says there have been proposals by neighbors to plant trees on the property.