Crews are starting to tear down several additional abandoned structures as the city of Binghamton continues to fight neighborhood blight.

The first of a new round of nine planned demolitions occurred Monday at 113 Gaylord Street on the East Side. The small three-bedroom house had been on the market for a listed price of $19,900 in May of last year.

In a statement released by City Hall, Mayor Richard David said: "Vacant and abandoned buildings hurt nearby property values, attract crime, frustrate residents and contribute to the decline of neighborhoods."

Gorick Construction of Binghamton is to be paid $242,000 for the series of demolitions.

Structures also will be torn down at: 13 Baltimore Avenue, 27 Edwards Street, 28 Gerard Avenue, 14 Lydia Street, 3 Matis Street, 7 Matis Street, 40 Medford Street and 11 Mill Street.

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