Demolition Begins on Former Endicott Forging Site

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Sep 23, 2008 at 6:44 PM EDT

Endicott Forging used to be a thriving company in the area.

But today the site blights the village of Endicott.

Local leaders gathered mark the start of demolition this week.

Action News Reporter Jessica Light shows us why tearing down history brings a new beginning to Endicott.

The old Endicott Forging sign is the first piece to fall at the former industrial site.

Its the end of an era in Endicott.

"I grew up uh watching this place be very productive and you know it was part of our history, it was part of a lot of success that you know, helped this area develop. This is going to be a project that in its demise will hopefully be another success story." says Endicott Mayor, John Bertoni.

There are no set plans for redevelopment of the site at the corner of North Street and Hayes Avenue.

But Broome County is optimistic, the end of Endicott Forging will bring jobs and opportunity to the village.

"We need to have land available so for developers can come and develop. You know build it and they will come. Tear it down and they will come so what we've tried to zero in on is brownfield cleanup." says Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala.

Fiala says there are environmental concerns at the site.

But the Department of Environmental Conservation can't address potential underground contamination until the dilapidated buildings come down.

"I just want to see something happen here. I want a better entrance way to this end of Endicott, you know we hate to see blight like this exist." says Mayor Bertoni.

$800,000 of the demolition cost has been secured through a Restore NY grant

The county has also committed $50,000 through its hotel-motel tax fund.

In Endicott, Jessica Light, WBNG-TV Action News.

Endicott Forging was an iron and steel manufacturer.

The site has been vacant since the 1990's.

Gorick Construction will head up demolition.

It expects to complete the process within 8 weeks.

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