The City of Binghamton is taking to the skies to make closer inspections of vacant properties in selected neighborhoods.

Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham says the City is contracting with EagleHawk out of Buffalo for drone services, inspecting 17 vacant properties around the Parlor City.

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The FAA certified EagleHawk drone pilots fly the vehicles around derelict buildings, taking high-resolution images and recording data from each property.

The program is a way to make note of the condition of all areas the properties, including rooftops, without risking physical harm to City property inspectors.

The $9,995 contract with EagleHawk is being funded through the “Cities RISE” grant from the New York State Attorney General’s office.

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It has been years since the historic Masonic Temple building on Binghamton's West Side was active. We toured the magnificent structure from top to bottom for a special photo gallery back in 2016.

The structure at Main and Murray streets was constructed in 1922. It was used for a wide range of events for several decades but it has been vacant for many years.

Although the building now is nearly a century old, it appears to be structurally sound. But as our tour this week revealed, plenty of work is needed to bring the place back to life.