Crumbling Building Prompts Binghamton Sidewalk Closure
A section of a downtown Binghamton sidewalk has been barricaded after chunks of cement fell from the roof area of a vacant office building.
The one-time bank at 95 Court Street is unoccupied now, although up until a few years ago it housed the corporate business offices of Crowley Foods.
Binghamton code enforcement supervisor Fred Grisel says city officials have been in contact with the building owner to discuss needed repair work.
The building is on the northeast corner of Court and Chenango streets. Orange barricades and yellow caution tape have been set up to keep pedestrians away from the sides of the structure where debris has fallen.
Grisel says the problem with crumbling cement appeared to be confined to the corner at the top of the building. He says some repair work was done after a similar problem developed last winter.
Grisel says the city is keeping an eye on the situation with someone checking the building "almost every day." He says the entire sidewalk could be closed if it appears pedestrians could be in danger from falling material.
Grisel says officials have advised the building owner to make repairs as soon as possible. But he notes it wouldn't be "very prudent to do it now" because of weather conditions.
Property records indicate the building is owned by PSMG LLC of Vestal.