It became official at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, Mark Crane, owner of Mark’s Pizzeria now owns the buildings and space destroyed by a catastrophic fire in May.
Mark’s own original Mark’s Pizzeria building at 240 East Main Street was gutted by the fire, as were 4 adjoining buildings. Mark purchased the attached buildings from Don Seconi and Frank Graham for an undisclosed amount of money on Thursday.
With that step out of the way, an anxious Crane is ready to get to work.
“I plan to have the contractors in there as early as Monday to begin demolition,” said Mark. He will be paying the contractors himself to alleviate the need for the Village to get involved in that process.
After the buildings are leveled, in about two weeks, according to Crane, he will begin the rebuilding process.
“I will rebuild my restaurant space in about 50 feet on the same site as before. I’ve always wanted to keep it right where it was; I do not want to move it” he explained, with deep sentiments.
“That building, as I’ve said was very important to me. It was my first, and it held a lot of memories – some of them tangible, some in my heart.”
The plan for the other 30 feet is to add a public park. “There will be picnic tables and seating, and it can be used by the public, as well as for seating for Mark’s customers. “It will be a space for use by the public, but I will determine the opening and closing times for the park,” said the savvy and dedicated businessman.
With things falling into place as he hopes, Crane would optimistically expect to see his Mark’s Pizzeria reopening in about 3 months.