Signs Spur New Hope for Old West Endicott EJ Building
Some West Endicott residents are hoping to see action soon to deal with an abandoned Endicott Johnson factory building that's been an eyesore for decades.
Several signs were posted in recent days on fencing surrounding the five-story structure on North Page Avenue indicating Broome County planned to sell the property at auction.
David Hamlin, county director of real property tax services, said the "no trespassing" signs were put into place to help authorities take action against unauthorized people who may enter the site.
Hamlin said the county took ownership of the property about a year ago because taxes had not been paid.
The previous owners have gone to court in an effort to get the property back. Hamlin said they are appealing a ruling that had been in favor of the county. He said the appeals process could go on for several more months.
Local officials have been working to secure state funding to tear down the massive old factory. Hamlin said demolition likely would cost about $3 million.
David Culbertson, the owner of National Pipe and Plastics, previously expressed an interest in moving the company's Vestal offices to the West Endicott site. National Pipe closed its Vestal factory and moved production to property next to the old Endicott Johnson building.
Culbertson could not be reached Tuesday afternoon to discuss whether he continues to have an interest in the Page Avenue site.
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