Parrott House closed once again
Owner says Schoharie landmark won’t be reopened
SCHOHARIE Village and county officials shut down the Parrott House on Main Street in Schoharie on Wednesday, marking the second closure of the 143-year-old landmark in as many months.
David McSweeney, who renovated the former hotel and tavern just before flooding tore through the village in 2011, was boarding up the historic building Thursday.
Officials ordering the latest shutdown allege he failed to complete upgrades cited during an inspection in February, leading to the first shutdown, which lasted 10 days.
McSweeney said Thursday he was under the impression he had April and May deadlines to complete repairs.
“I’m done with the village,” he said, adding that he’s turned in his liquor license and is done with the Parrott House as well.
He said two sheriff’s deputies came into the establishment just after 5 p.m. Wednesday to deliver a closure order.
Village Code Enforcement Office Joe Whipple said McSweeney failed to meet conditions of the certificate of occupancy issued last month so he had to revoke the certificate. He said he recognizes the landmark building’s place in the village, which is still working to recover from flooding. But he said the law is the law and he has no choice but to enforce provisions of state building codes.
“It is never, never our intention to close a building up in the village of Schoharie,” Whipple said.
When an establishment with a kitchen loses its certificate of occupancy, the county Health Department is required to revoke its food service permit as well, deputy Public Health Commissioner Ian Feinstein said.
Village Mayor John Borst declined to comment on the closure Thursday.
McSweeney said he had been in the process of having a new foundation poured for the facility’s propane tank, to anchor it and comply with current building codes. He said he was planning to make repairs to the front porch, which was also cited as deficient, but thought he had more time to do the work.
McSweeney said the closure leaves 12 people out of work.
“I can’t do it anymore,” he said.
The Parrott House was among hundreds of buildings that took on floodwater in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. The flood hit just a few days after McSweeney debuted renovations in the tavern he named the Timothy Murphy Pub after a Revolutionary War hero from Schoharie County.
A dinner planned for Easter Sunday, and any other events slated for the weekend, are all canceled, he said.