Broome County is looking for someone to buy and develop a hulking, white factory /warehouse building at 59 Lester Avenue in Johnson City that has stood vacant for years.

The Victory Building opened in 1921 as a factory for the Endicott Johnson Shoe Manufacturing Company and had been used most recently for car and boat storage.  The County took possession in 2014 in foreclosure proceedings.

Officials say a recent code review by Delta Engineers found the building fundamentally sound in spite of its rough exterior appearance.

The County will issue a Request for Proposals August 23rd and the winning idea will be chosen based on total proposed investment and leverage, purchase price, and success of similar projects.

The 253,400 square foot, five-story building sits on 4.13 acres spanning three lots, has a 20,000 square foot loading dock and a 1,400 foot penthouse.

Proposals for the lot are due September 27.  Questions regarding the RFP can be directed to director of purchasing, Tyler West at (607) 778-2382.