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Battle on the Bridge

Ithaca city officials posted the building housing Pyramid Sound, declaring the building unsafe.

Battle on the Bridge
 

June 20, 2012

Ithaca (WENY) - Ithaca city officials posted the building housing Pyramid Sound, declaring the building unsafe. The bridge construction in front of the long-time Ithaca business is causing the owner a lot of problems. Owner of Pyramid Sound, Alex Perialas, is locked out of his own studio, and he doesn’t know when he will get back in. Construction continues in on a new bridge on East Clinton street right in front of the multi-million dollar recording studio, Pyramid Sound. On Tuesday the buildings housing Pyramid and a garage were declared unsafe. Perialas says he stands to lose more than $10,000 in business over the next two weeks.

“Other engineers have come and said it wouldn't matter if this building is 70 years old or 6 months old any work done that close to any building is an issue.”

The problem is construction will remove the wall that holds the dirt together under the garage, which is already sagging. A steel beam will be driven into the ground, just 4 feet from the front door. Alex's believes his business should be spared. His argument is that his studio is a completely separate building from the the garage that sits next to the river. Each building has its own utilities, electric and separate addresses, but despite his pleas with the city, today he's locked out and he doesn’t know when he will get back inside.

“I'm a third generation business owner in Ithaca and if it can happen to me it can happen to anyone,” says Perialas

Officials at city hall were not available for comment. Alex says he doesn't know what he will do right now, but he will fight for his business that's been in Ithaca for almost 40 years.