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Studio sues City of Ithaca over condemned building

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Studio sues City of Ithaca over condemned building
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Construction on Ithaca's Clinton Street Bridge wrapped up more than a year ago, but officials are still dealing with fallout from the project. Tamara Lindstrom tells us why one business owner is suing the city.

ITHACA, N.Y. -- When the City of Ithaca embarked on a plan to replace the aging Clinton Street Bridge, it seems one local business was too close for comfort.

Back in June of 2012, Pyramid Sound Studios Owner Alex Perialas expressed concerns with the project, and the way the city was dealing with it.

"It changes by the hour, so it's hard to say," Perialas said in a 2012 interview. "I'm not really sure what's going to happen."

At the time, Mayor Svante Myrick said the building was unstable.

"So they did an engineering analysis and they came back with a report that showed there are serious problems with the foundation, there are serious cracks in the wall, and that any shifting of soils could cause a collapse in the building," Myrick said the same day.

A week later, the building was condemned.

Now Perialas is suing the city, saying the desire for quick, cheap construction and a vendetta against his family led the city of Ithaca to wrongfully condemn his property.

The lawsuit filed in federal court points out that the city's own Building Commission Board of Appeals reversed the decision, but says the construction project led to seven months of lost business, totaling over $75,000.

The city denies all of the claims, and has asked a judge to dismiss the case.

And while the studio is back to making music, the discord remains.

Attorneys will meet with a judge next week, but the case could go to trial in March 2015.

Attorneys for both sides did not respond to requests for interviews.

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