Demolition Of Philadelphia Sales Building

By Kerri O'Hara

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 28, 2006 at 12:04 AM EDT

While the Boys and Girls Club will build, a demolition project is creating new space in the same area.

The old Philadelphia Sales buildings are coming down.

Demolition of the Philly Sales building began last week.

While everyone around Clinton Street seems to have an idea about what the site could be used for, some are sad to see the building go.

"I’m going to miss it. I grew up here all my life. I used to live out back," says Kinglsey Hunter of Binghamton.

Hunter has lived in the Clinton Street area his entire life.

He actually used to work in the Philadelphia Sales Building which is now nothing more than a pile of old concrete and bricks.

But, even though the building brings back memories for Hunter, he has an idea for the site.

"A grocery store actually. That’s what we really need here," says Hunter.

Clinton Street LLC bought the building from the city of Binghamton back in 2002.

Co-owner James Kilcy says there are no plans for the site.

He says his company decided to take the building down because they could better market the property.

He says it was an eye sore.

Laddie Vana, owner of Old, Odd, and Unique agrees.

"I think it’s a good idea. It’s not good to have boarded up buildings around so even the empty space would be better than an empty boarded up building," says Vana.

The entire lot is expected to be cleared in about two weeks.

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