(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David today announced that demolition is underway on four blighted South Side properties as part of this year’s first round of property demolitions. Mayor David discussed details of the project at 20 and 22 Tremont Ave. shortly before those properties were demolished.
This year, the City is targeting what Mayor David calls “symbols of blight” in planning its demolition program.
“Every Binghamton neighborhood has at least one property that is a symbol of blight — a black eye for the streetscape,” said Mayor David. “These properties have come to define certain neighborhoods in a negative light. The demolition of infamous neighborhood eyesores, such as 20 and 22 Tremont Ave., will restore morale and increase property values. Most importantly, these demolitions will give hope to the residents I talk to who say blight is their number one city issue.”
The four properties being demolished are:
· 32 Delmar St.
· 20 Tremont Ave.
· 22 Tremont Ave.
· 14 Livingston St.
Gorick Construction, of Binghamton, is completing the demolitions at a cost of $82,224. The demolitions are paid for by federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“No municipality in our region has attacked blight more aggressively than the City of Binghamton,” said Mayor David. “These demolitions are solid steps in making neighborhoods cleaner and safer, and will help improve property values for surrounding homes.”
Additional residential and commercial property demolitions are planned for this summer.
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