FULTON, NY – Recently purchased by Gary E. Springs, former Nestles building #30 fell victim to $30,000 worth of vandalism believed to happen sometime Friday or Saturday (Jan. 8 or 9.)
Despite almost all newly replaced windows and doors being smashed, current owner, Springs, feels this incident is only a minor set back to his plans of opening a U-Haul business and storage facility.
Springs purchased the property as well as the adjoining parking lot located on the corner of South Fourth Street and Fay Street from the city of Fulton in July of 2015.
He had begun renovations to both the building and the parking lot to open as a U-Haul dealer and for storage as part of Springs Storage Park, a business he had already begun with a location in Liverpool.
However, all renovations came to a halt when it was discovered that someone had vandalized the building by smashing most of the recently installed windows and glass doors.
Fulton City Police Department responded to the incident when reported and have been conducting an investigation since.
“The case remains under investigation,” confirmed Officer Ludington as of Monday (Jan. 11) morning. “At this minute, there are no suspects. However, that could change, by tomorrow we could have one or more. We have had a number of people call with leads and those are all being followed up on,” he added.
Springs is hopeful that the Fulton Police Department will make a catch in the case, adding that they have been very pleasant to work with.
“We do appreciate all the calls we are getting,” said Officer Ludington. “It’s a huge amount of damage, around $30,000, so this case will most likely be worked on for a while.”
While the case may take some time to fully develop and find those responsible, Springs hopes to return to renovation as soon as possible, only predicting a set back of a couple weeks to his opening.
“Tell the people of Fulton not to worry, I’ll still be here,” said Springs. “This is just a little hiccup, a minor setback in the long road, I’m moving forward.”
Springs said that the windows and door will begin being re-installed as early as this Friday.
Although currently living in Tampa, Springs said he found interest in purchasing in Fulton as a way to give back to the area and help “bring Fulton back to life.”
“The people in this area have lost everything,” he said. “These are the kind of people that I want to give back to, the ones who deserve it.”
After a paper mill accident left Springs severely injured, he made a full recovery and lives as if he has been given a second chance, he said.
“Because I got a second chance, I want to use it to give back to the less fortunate. I try to do it everyday, in ways like paying off a struggling family’s layaway for Christmas as well as buying them food and giving them some extra money to get through. I want to do the same thing here, I want to bring this area back to life, give them a second chance,” said Springs.
Springs is also hopeful to purchase more of the former Nestles factory once the demolition is complete in further attempt to revitalize the area and give back to the city of Fulton.
While Springs had plans to use video surveillance for security, he was held up with some interior work before it could be installed.
He continued with renovations to the exterior as planned anyway, and became victim to the vandalism before any security could be installed.
“I just hope we can get through this and get ahead even further than we planned. We can all keep an eye out and we can bring back this area,” said Springs.
Springs foresees a set back of only a couple weeks and anticipates to open sometime in the month of February.