An abandoned school building in the Town of Union is expected to be torn down soon.

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The former Christ the King School on Davis Avenue in Endwell was last used for classes in the mid-1970s. The school was constructed in 1962.

The building later was rented by United Methodist Homes for its corporate office. It no longer was used after it sustained extensive damage from flooding in June 2006.

Broome County took over the property for nonpayment of taxes. Efforts to sell the site at auction for as little as a dollar proved to be unsuccessful.

County legislator Jason Shaw said the move to demolish the old building is the culmination of years of work.

Shaw said the county is waiting for bids to come back before awarding the contract to tear down the structure.

Shaw said there is hope the cleared site can be put back to productive use. He said there have been discussions about using the property for a community garden. Food grown on the site might be utilized by the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse.

The former Christ the King Church, located north of the old school building, now is home to the Triumphant Life Church.

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