The complicated preparation work needed for the long-awaited demolition of several old IBM buildings in Endicott should be finished soon.
Ten months ago, New York state announced a $6 million grant to the village to help cover the cost of removing five unused structures at the company's former manufacturing complex.
The buildings are on North Street east of McKinley Avenue. They've been vacant for several years and are in a state of disrepair.
According to Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson, the actual demolition project could begin in a matter of weeks.
The former IBM property, now known as the Huron Campus, is owned by Phoenix Investors of Milwaukee.
Jackson said Chris Pelto, who oversees the Endicott site, told her that workers are inside the targeted buildings now to separate plumbing and utility lines ahead of the demolition.
The mayor said "they should be ready for demolition - I'm hoping - by the end of October at the very latest."
The process of tearing down the buildings, which contain 550,000-square-feet of unused space, will be lengthy. Jackson said the job could take six months to complete.
The mayor said Gorick Construction of Binghamton is expected to handle the demolition project.
Pelto could not be reached this week to discuss other aspects of the job of removing the vacant buildings.
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