The historic IBM Country Club property in the town of Union once used by thousands of the company's Endicott-based employees and their families has been condemned.

County Executive Jason Garnar said the entire site just west of Johnson City "is condemned" because of dangerous conditions.

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

A three-story apartment complex is to be developed on the property at 4301 Watson Boulevard.

Garnar said the site previously had been partially condemned. The entire complex now has been condemned by an engineering firm retained by the town of Union.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, the county executive said: "The structure was found to be unsafe to conduct firefighting operations or for emergency medical service operations."

The Broome County Local Development Corporation acquired the property in February for $300,000 and is making arrangements for demolition work at the site.

Garnar said Delta Engineering is working to obtain the needed approvals for tear down the old country club facilities. He said he hopes the demolition project could begin within the next couple of months.

The county executive said "it's a massive, massive site. There's a lot of concrete in there." He noted the county authorized spending $2 million in federal Covid-19 relief funds because otherwise the dilapidated property "would just sit here for another 20 years and rot."

Garnar is looking forward to work starting on the planned 75-unit housing project.

Conifer Reality and LeChase Construction are planning to develop the three-story apartment complex, which is expected to cost between $12 million and $15 million.

Most of the apartments will be one- and two-bedroom units, although some three-bedroom units also are to be included in the planned complex.

This story was updated to clarify that the Watson Boulevard property was condemned by an engineering firm working for the town of Union and not by Broome County.

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