There's a possibility that a portion of the historic IBM Country Club complex in the town of Union could be preserved as part of a redevelopment project.

Two of the four proposals submitted to the Broome County Industrial Development Agency call for the demolition of the entire facility. But two suggest part of it might be retained.

County and IDA officials are reviewing the concepts from prospective developers.

A view inside the lobby of what once was the IBM Country Club on June 19, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Agency executive director Stacey Duncan said interviews will be set up to obtain more information from those who submitted the proposals that appear to be most promising.

County officials in July said a residential or mixed-use project would be preferred but was not required.

Duncan said one of the proposals simply calls for making the property a "shovel-ready" site for some future project. The other submissions include more specific ideas.

The county is prepared to offer up to $2 million in American Rescue Plan funds it's receiving from the federal government to support redevelopment of the former country club.

The nine-acre site is located along Watson Boulevard, just west of Johnson City.

The Watson Boulevard property has been damaged by vandals in recent years. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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