Buyouts set to be demolished in Town of Union

By Jillian Marshall

February 5, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 11:07 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Close to two and a half years after the flood of 2011 left many homes uninhabitable in the Town of Union, a handful are on their way to be torn down.

The Town of Union Board approved four bids Wednesday for demolition and site clearance, and air sampling and monitoring, which is part of the demo process.

This phase will demolish 60 FEMA buyout homes in West Corners, Endwell and Westover.

SJB Services, of Hamburg, will conduct air sampling and monitoring for all the homes. The town will pay the company a little less than $20,000 for its work in all three areas.

T & M Excavating, from Binghamton, will tear down 50 houses in West Corners for close to $105,000.

"We're going to get all the properties down, we're going to make sure it's nice and level and we want to make it look really nice right now," said Town Supervisor Rose Sotak. "But what we're looking to do is redevelop some of these sites."

Some of these properties will be revamped into new flood-safe homes and businesses thanks to the federal $10.1 million Disaster Relief Grant.

Sotak hopes to have this first group of homes demolished by July.

The board is expected to decide next week which companies will tear down the 10 homes in Endwell and Westover.

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