Demolition Begins

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 18, 2008 at 7:04 PM EST

After weeks of build-up and road blocks, demolition on the Ross building begins in downtown Binghamton.

As Action News reporter Gabe Osterhout tells us, people lined the streets expecting a show.

Demolition brings people out in the rain in Downtown Binghamton

"I want to see this eyesore disappear and I want to see them do it now," says Earl Gould of Binghamton.

A crane began tearing into the Ross Building in the afternoon.

Spectators on State Street were kept back for their safety.

This man wanted a front row position.

"I got off work early and I knew it was coming down. I've always kind of wanted to watch it live, like a sporting event almost so... I think it's interesting, you know, just the way they do it. It's like an art form," says Jeff McDermott of Binghamton.

Chris Altmann also took time out from delivering maps to different places in the city.

"I thought it would be a big show where the whole thing would come down and I thought it might be an implosion but then I saw they might be pulling it down and I wasn't sure how that was going to work," says Altmann.

Crews from Bianchi Industrial took their time.

They're pulling small pieces down, rather than the entire building all at once.

Much to the displeasure of some in the crowd.

"I mean taking it down little piece by little piece, it's going to take them forever," says Gould.

Bianchi isn't sure exactly how long it will take to demolish the building.

The company will have a better idea after the first 3 floors are taken down.

No word on when the intersection of State and Court and sections of those streets will re-open to traffic.

In Binghamton, Gabe Osterhout, WBNG-TV Action News.

The City of Binghamton owns the property and has not announced any future plan for the space.

A few people in the crowd suggested a parking lot.

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