After years of discussion and planning, a rundown hotel on Endicott's Washington Avenue is being torn down.

The village last March was awarded state money to cover the cost of demolishing the old Endicott Inn.

A ceremony marking the start of the project was held Monday. In recent months, Endicott Mayor John Bertoni had said he was looking forward to seeing the eyesore removed.

A few people continued to reside in the two-story 57-room complex until several weeks ago. Developer Justin Marchuska said the final residents left the building in late December.

The previous owners of the Endicott Inn made some modest improvements before selling the property. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The property was acquired by Ramco Development and Holdings for $550,000.

The demolition of the former hotel and an adjacent restaurant facility is expected to create a shovel-ready site for a new "brand-name hotel."

According to a document released by New York state, the $8 million project is to develop a "lodging facility designed to attract the younger traveler."

Demolition work started despite powerful wind gusts on February 25, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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