What's the future for the former BAE site?

By Jillian Marshall

What's the future for the former BAE site?

October 16, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 11:57 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The future of the BAE Systems facility may end up in the hands of the Broome County community.

The Westover manufacturing site was flooded in September 2011.

The US Air Force will demolish the old and vacant BAE System facility and will open up the 27-acre plot of land.

The town is asking for community input. Some suggestions have been a mobile home park, outlet mall, and even walking trails.

Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak said the large piece of land could be used in multiple different ways.

"I want to see some building going that can recuperate some of our tax base. So could we do a little bit of commercial in there? Yes," Sotak said. "It's a big site. Could we bring BU over here? Yes. Could we have recreation area in the back? Yes."

Sotak said the best way to voice your opinion on what should happen to the land at 600 Main Street is to go to meetings and speak up during public comment. She said the community can also stop by her office.

A $10.1 million grant will help the town flood-proof what ever goes into the area.

Sotak said when the building will be demolished is up to the federal government's budget.

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