(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David today announced the City of Binghamton will acquire and demolish a North Side gas station and car wash that has sat vacant for years. The property, 419-421 Chenango St., presented several bureaucratic and environmental hurdles that had previously prevented action on the property.
“Every resident of the North Side, and probably every resident of Binghamton, knows this notorious Chenango St. eyesore,” said Mayor David. “For years, the property has sat vacant and blighted on a main gateway and commercial corridor in our community. We’re taking action and providing relief for neighbors and businesses living with this embarrassing property on a daily basis.”
In 2011, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) performed environmental cleanup on the property, including removal of six underground storage tanks, along with two petroleum pump stations and associated plumbing. The DEC spent approximately $76,000 in remedial costs, which is a lien against the property.
Because of the environmental conditions and the DEC lien, it was impractical for Broome County to pursue foreclosure for back taxes.
Mayor David was able to negotiate an agreement with the DEC and Broome County whereby the DEC would release the lien and generally waive its claim to past costs, allowing Broome County to foreclose on the property and transfer it to the City for one dollar.
The foreclosure process is in progress, and the City will obtain title once it is completed. After transfer, the City will demolish the existing buildings, estimated by the end of 2017.
As part of the same project, the City will also demolish the neighboring multi-family home at 423 Chenango St., which it acquired from the County in 2016.
The properties represent a 0.8-acre tract contiguous to the City’s North Side fire station and Binghamton Plaza, and in close proximity to Cheri A. Lindsey Memorial Park.
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