Greenman Center still for sale

By Perry Russom
By Erika Mahoney

October 7, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The embattled Greenman Center in Binghamton continues to be on the market.

The center closed in 2011 after repairs to the building became too costly to stay open.

Since then, its future has been in flux.

Gemini Construction, LLC won a bid to buy the building in August, planning to turn the old center into office space.

But on Sept. 25, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment decided to take the bid off the table and reopen the bidding process for a second round.

The board decided to reopen it because two more interested parties submitted bids in the 11th hour, according to Executive Assistant to the Mayor Kyle Seeley.

That included a bid for $123,000 by Angela Testani on Sept. 16 and a bid for $130,000 by Jon Layish on Sept.18. Layish is the president of Red Barn Technology Group.

Seeley said this time around, the bidding process will be sealed and with more options.

The bidders that have already applied can reapply.

"We're trying to put it back, give it back to the community in terms of either providing a company that is going to provide jobs and opportunity for the area or to create a service there, whether it be community service to help children," Seeley said.

Meanwhile, Councilwoman Lea Webb said the city passed on the offer due to a lack of follow-up from the construction company to finalize a contract.

"At the end of the day, we want to make sure the utilization of the center is a good fit for the area and at the same time, we can't afford to have this building sit vacant in a very crucial neighborhood we have here in the city," said Councilwoman Lea Webb.

When bidding reopens, it's expected to last for nearly two weeks.