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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****

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