Monday, December 22, 2014 - 2:48:25 AM

Local News

Print Friendly | Bookmark and Share

Is Study First Step in Demolishing Old BAE Site?

(Source: Jason Weinstein)

Senator Charles Schumer announced today that the U-S Air Force, which owns the old BAE Systems building in the Town of Union, will spend $1.2 million dollars for an environmental review of the site. It's the first step that officials hope leads to the demolition of the building.

"We need to conduct a study first before any materials can be demolished to identify potential environmental hazards, heavy metals, the presence of other hazard materials like solvents," said Senator Charles Schumer.

The Army Corps of Engineers will have the money by the end of March. Their study should take six months.

Completing the demolition will cost another $17.3 million. Schumer says he will go to bat for the Air Force to get it more money in the appropriations process, but wants the Air Force to commit to funding the demolition.

"And if I can get more money in the budget we'll have even more leverage to move the project forward quickly with a sustained effort. I believe we can turn this black mark into a bright spot," Schumer said.

Officials say the site is a drag on property values and that the Broome County Industrial Development Agency is forced to spend $14,000 per month on security and maintenance.

"For many, the removal of this damaged building will help further the healing process in the recovery from the flood of 2011," said County Executive Debbie Preston.

"With the vision of the removal of BAE and our progress across the street, the Town of Union will have a vision for the future of rebuilding, putting properties back on the tax rolls," said Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak.

****In the Town of Union, Jason Weinstein, FOX 40 HD News****

VIEW VIDEO

View Related Articles: Binghamton, Broome County, Endicott, Flood Recovery or comment on this one below.

blog comments powered by Disqus


Back Back

Binghamton web design and website hosting by EFX internet  EFX internet


Additional Articles


Cortland Stabbing Leaves One Man Dead VIEW VIDEO
One man is dead and another is behind bars after a fatal stabbing. The city of Cortland Police Department released details on a stabbing that happened Saturday just after 2 p.m. at an apartment... more

Vestal Elks Lodge Helps Donate to Less Fortunate Families This Christmas VIEW VIDEO
Let the gift wrapping begin!  Vestal Elks Lodge is making Christmas special for some kids in the area. Elks Lodge members partnered with Catholic Charities. They spent today buying and wrapping... more

Johnson City Middle School Helps Feed Families for Holidays VIEW VIDEO
Johnson City Middle School is making sure several families will be eating good this holiday season!   This month and last month the school held it's Annual Holiday School Food Drive. Students and... more

Vestal Coal House Holds Christmas Cookie Run VIEW VIDEO
It's the last 5K race of the year for the Vestal Coal House, and they're going out with a bang!  Community members dressed in their best holiday costumes for the first ever Christmas Cookie Run.... more

Roberson Museum Hosts Winter Craft Event VIEW VIDEO
This holiday season, the Roberson Museum strikes again! This time they're hosting a winter craft event. Kids put together some arts and crafts including things like reindeer hats and Christmas... more

Only a Few More Days to Donate to Salvation Army VIEW VIDEO
The bells sure are ringing this season, especially outside of your local grocery stores.. You've got only 3 more days to give to the Salvation Army before they pack up for Christmas. The... more

SUNY Broome Helps Provide Computer Education to Children in Haiti VIEW VIDEO
SUNY Broome is teaming up with George F. Johnson Elementary School to provide computer education to children in Haiti.  Students in the global learning course at SUNY Broome will be taking a... more

Click here for more local news...icon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 A News Story

If you are looking for a copy of a news story that we recently aired, simply click here to find out how.

Breaking News

Do you have a tip or information about a breaking news story? Contact the FOX 40 News Desk at 607.798.0070 or send us an email .




ADVERTISEMENT

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Stumble It More...