Town of Union board acts on blighted building

By Perry Russom

February 26, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 12:33 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Town of Union has issued an ultimatum to the owners of a former Endicott-Johnson building on North Page Avenue: Fix it up, or tear it down.

The several story building has broken windows, floors with holes and a roof in desperate need of repairs.

"We're very concerned about the roof," said Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak. "We're worried that the building is going to collapse especially with the winter with the snow we've had."

The town board passed a resolution unanimously Wednesday night setting up a timeline for the building to be repaired by the owners. If that isn't done, the building comes down.

Timeline of Upgrades:
March 10 - Fence secured
April 15 - First floor doors and windows secured
June 30 - Remaining doors and windows in the building secured, roof replacement, steel beams must be up to code, new flooring

The town is giving the owners the ability to demolish the building by June 30. They're requesting $300,000 cash or $600,000 bond to ensure that it's done.

On top of all of those requests, the town is asking the owners for a reimbursement of all funds the town spent on the building. They want that money by April 3.

Within 30 days, the town will have the answer on which route the owners want to take - demolition or rehabilitation. Sotak said even if they chose the latter, the fence and the first floor windows must be secured.

Around the property, there's a chain-linked fence with holes in it where anyone can get onto the property. Sotak said her concern is someone getting in there and being injured.

"We are also very, very concerned about people getting into the building," said Sotak.

Sotak said the building is owned by Alpine Endicott Realty, LLC and they've done nothing to maintain the building after receiving a list of necessary upgrades to keep it up to code.

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