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341 Clinton Street Officially Condemned

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By FOX 40 Staff.
Mayor Richard David announced Wednesday that the City of Binghamton has officially condemned 341 Clinton St., a site of repeated criminal activity and health and safety violations.

After a hearing was held on Monday, a hearing officer condemned 341 Clinton St. as unfit for human habitation.

The City pursued condemnation for 341 Clinton St. through the City’s Housing, Property Maintenance and Rehabilitation Code. It was determined, “the lack of proper heating equipment, hot water, working smoke detectors, and the continued use of the building without the proper operating permit and requisite building permits and inspections make the property so unsafe that it poses a threat to the health and safety of individuals residing or in the building,” according to the Order.

341 Clinton St. was also connected to two shootings in the last four months, as well as a source of repeated complains of noise, disturbances, after-hours parties and various quality of life issues.

The building’s owner has also cooperated with City officials, granting permission to the Binghamton Police Department to arrest any individuals who utilize the property as an assembly space.

This condemnation action is the first successful initiative of the City’s Environmental Policing Task Force, first announced during Mayor David’s 2016 State of the City Address.

The Environmental Policing Task Force consists of officials from the Binghamton Police Department, Fire Marshal’s Office, Code Enforcement, Zoning Enforcement and Mayor’s Office.

“We’re seeing what’s possible when multiple departments come together and focus on a singular issue,” said Mayor David. “Under my watch, the City will use all means necessary to abate problem properties and restore integrity to our neighborhoods.”