Endicott Plaza Still Empty Two Years After Flood
A once-bustling shopping center in the village of Endicott remains vacant more than two years after its one remaining store was closed by the big flood.
The owners of the old Endicott Plaza had expected Kmart would reopen its store following the September 2011 flood. But despite initial plans to resume operations, Kmart officials ultimately decided not to return.
Rick Roccesano, a representative of the property owners, says there's been "some lukewarm interest" in the site.
Roccesano says Kmart had been negotiating for months to return to the plaza but then "they pulled the plug."
Cheaper municipal electricity to part of the site is viewed as a key selling point that could attract new businesses.
Roccesano says nearly 100,000 square feet of space is available at the property, which is located just east of Vestal Avenue. Another section of the plaza which had housed several small businesses west of Harrison Avenue had been demolished before the flood.
Endicott mayor John Bertoni says village residents frequently ask him about the status of the old plaza. He says some people had been discussing the possibility of developing an indoor sports center at the site. There also was some talk about developing an ice rink on the Harrison Avenue side of the property.