Binghamton Residents Worry About Damaged Site
People who live near a Binghamton building heavily damaged by an arson fire nearly two months ago are expressing concern about safety hazards posed by the site.
The June 9 blaze was one of a series of intentionally-set fires at the old All Around Building Supplies store at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Brown Street.
Mayor Richard David has said the city was preparing to have the remainder of the building demolished because the property owner had failed to meet a deadline to have the work done.
Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program today, David said the city is following the procedures required before a contractor can be hired to clear the site.
The mayor said it "should have come down by now." He said he's trying to push for the demolition to occur as quickly as possible.
David said when such situations go unchecked, they become eyesores for a neighborhood and also can serve as a magnet for criminal activity. He said damaged buildings may be attractive to children who could be injured if they try to play on such sites.