(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — The City of Binghamton today started demolition on the former gas station and car wash at 419 Chenango Street.
“Every resident of the North Side, and probably every resident of Binghamton, knows this notorious Chenango St. eyesore,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “For years, this property has sat vacant and blighted on a main gateway corridor in our community. We’re taking action and providing relief for neighbors and businesses living with this embarrassing property on a daily basis.”
The site presented several bureaucratic and environmental hurdles that had previously prevented action on the property.
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 negotiated 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.
“City Attorney Kenneth J. Frank and the Office of Corporation Counsel were integral in working through some complex legal matters and advancing negotiations with all parties,” said Mayor David.
In 2016, the City acquired the neighboring multi-family home at 423 Chenango St. from the County for the purpose of demolition. That demolition is scheduled upon completion of the gas station project.
Gorick Construction, of Binghamton, is performing both demolitions for a cost of $47,240.
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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