Former Industrial Site in Endicott- Johnson Corridor to be Demolished

46 Corliss Ave, Johnson City, NY

(Binghamton, NY) A former industrial site in the Village of Johnson City will soon be demolished through the combined efforts of the New York Empire State Development Restore NY Program, Broome County and Town of Union Planning & Economic Development Departments and the Village of Johnson City. On, Thursday, December 3rd demolition will begin on 46 Corliss Avenue, a deteriorated industrial building constructed in 1890’s in the Endicott-Johnson industrial spine.  Originally housing Marshall Furniture and later the Ozalid Company, the building has sat vacant since 1993.
“The collective efforts to revitalize the former EJ industrial area in the Village of Johnson City are transforming brownfields into shovel ready sites and new business facilities in the heart of our county,” said Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala “Through County partnership with the Town of Union, the Village of Johnson City and the successful Restore NY Program, this vacant structure can be demolished to make way for the future development of 46 Corliss Avenue.” 
“Over the last few years, Restore NY grant funds have been utilized by the Town of Union and its Villages and we have no doubt found the program to be an extremely useful redevelopment tool for the removal of slums and blighted structures in the Town,” said Town of Union Supervisor John M. Bernardo. “We will continue to work tenaciously with our resource partners on the State and County levels to identify negative elements that detract from the overall quality of life, like we have seen in the past, with the former Union Forging Site, Endicott Forging Site and now 46 Corliss Avenue. We need to continue our aggressive town wide demolition initiatives to eliminate these aging elements that have penetrated both our commercial and residential neighborhoods.”
Village of Johnson City Mayor Dennis Hannon stated, “The demolition of the Corliss Avenue site, made possible by Restore NY funds, is another step forward in our efforts to revitalize the area within the EJ industrial spine.”
For the demolition and cleanup of this abandoned industrial property, the Town of Union used $57,397 of Community Development Block Grant funding to leverage a Restore NY grant (Round II) from NYS totaling $471,568. To cover the additional costs associated with engineering services, project supervision, and asbestos air monitoring, Broome County allocated $83,000 of Hotel/Motel tax dollars.  An additional $25,000 for contingency funding has been requested from Broome County.  This funding request is on the legislative agenda for November. In total, the demolition of 46 Corliss is estimated to cost $528,965. 
With the assistance of Broome County Planning and O’Brien and Gere Engineering INC, the Town of Union issued and awarded the bid for demolition to Gorick Construction of Binghamton, NY.  Gorick submitted a low bid of $444,000 for demolition plus an additional $80,300 for the potential removal of hazardous materials after the building is demolished. 
Gorick Construction will begin work at the site on Monday, November 23rd. The Building demolition will begin on begin on Thursday, December 3rd. The total project is planned to be completed within four weeks. 


11/23/2009 - 2:38pm