Binghamton plans demolition of 11 Court Street properties

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The city of Binghamton’s plan to demolish 11 flood-prone properties on Upper Court Street as part of a $2.9 million flood mitigation effort could impact some existing businesses.

Under the plan, the city will use Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to acquire 12 flood-prone properties from interested and eligible owners. City officials said participation was voluntary.

Several of the addresses on the city’s list include existing businesses.

Eleven of the 12 properties contain a mix of commercial structures and paved areas, which will be demolished. Following the demolition, the city will transform the plots into permanent green space.

The properties are located on a half-mile section of Upper Court Street which has seen repeated flooding in recent years.

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Which properties are targeted by Binghamton?

The project will have without impact on several businesses in the region, including the Burger King restaurant at 464 Court St., 474-492 Court St. McDonald’s and Monro Auto Service, 420 Court Street.

Some of the properties the city will be looking to buy are former sites of closed businesses, including Absolute Auto Repair and Bodywork at 472 Court Street and Frank’s dinner at 428 Court Street.

Two other establishments at 428 Court Street — Isolation man and JK Salon and Spa — are currently open.

Tommy’s Car Wash & Auto Detailing, with properties at 448.5 and 450 Court Street, is also open for business, as is Doug’s Gear Shop, which owns properties at 498 and 500 Court St..

451 Court Street, home to Doc’s Homebrew Supplies, is not on the demolition list, but the vacant address of 447 Court St. in the same building is.

The property at 440 Court Street, which houses Dr. Wingz, is also on the city’s demolition list.

Binghamton says green spaces will limit flooding

Binghamton Mayor Jared M. Kraham said Thursday that flood mitigation will “transform and beautify” a major gateway into the city.

“This project will make East Side neighborhoods more resilient to flooding and provide much needed relief to Upper Court Street property owners whose businesses are located in the floodplain and have been inundated with stormwater in recent years,” added Kraham.

Project planners said new trees and grass would retain significantly more stormwater, help mitigate flash flooding in the area and create a buffer zone to protect other properties on the east side in the event of a storm. flooding of the Susquehanna River.

The remaining parcel is a wooded area near the river which will improve access to a storm drain for maintenance and debris removal.

“This is a major investment in the East Side that will help protect homeowners from the type of flash flooding that has become an increasing problem here in recent years,” said Councilman Tom Scanlon, District 7 “It also provides a lifeboat for business owners. on Upper Court Street who have repeatedly suffered flood damage to their properties.

The City of Binghamton received nearly $2.2 million through FEMA’s Risk Mitigation Grant Program to support the project. The city contributes $720,681 to the fund balance as a matching requirement.

In 2018, the City of Binghamton began demolishing 15 flood-prone properties around the city with funding from FEMA. The city has leased several of the properties to VINES to expand its downtown urban farm. The other properties have become permanent green spaces.

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