Dozens of Vestal homes to be demolished

By Jillian Marshall

April 10, 2013 Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 10:49 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Nearly 60 flood-damaged homes will be demolished in Vestal.

The Town Board agreed Wednesday night to open up bidding for contractors who will tear down 59 of the town's worst flood-damaged homes.

Town Supervisor John Schaffer says 10 homes will be knocked down immediately because of asbestos contamination. The rest could be torn down by September.

Schaffer says the lots will become what he calls "green forever" spaces.

"Residents in the area can lease them for the rest of the lifetime of their homes -- for a dollar," Schaffer said. "That way they'll mow them, take care of them, they can put gardens in, swimming pools, anything that's not a permanent structure."

Bids for the work will go out May 20.

The board has yet to decide whether one or multiple companies will do the work.