Flood-Prone Properties in Binghamton Meet the Wrecking Ball
Over a dozen properties prone to flooding in the City of Binghamton are coming down to become permanent open green space.
Demolition was started October 11 on the 14 parcels under a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant awarded to the City in 2016.
City officials say some of the plots will be leased to the non-profit group, VINES to expand its urban gardening projects.
The $1.5 million clearing project includes the fair-market priced buy-out of the flooded properties, relocation assistance, the associated purchase fees like appraisals and surveys, asbestos abatement and the actual $466,356 cost of demolition.
The City is expecting to close soon on a fifteenth property.
The sites being cleared so far are on Duke Street, Carroll, Tudor, Susquehanna, Valley and Varik Streets as well as a plot of Vermont Avenue. Five of the properties are on Tudor Street.
The property owners voluntarily participated in the FEMA buyouts.
The properties being demolished are:
1 Duke St.
20 Carroll St.
24 Carroll St.
133 Susquehanna St.
14 Tudor St.
17 Tudor St.
1 Valley St.
7 Valley St.
9 Valley St.
7 Varick St.
6 Vermont Ave.