They thought they could recover after an April 30 fire.
They couldn't. The building was judged to be in imminant danger of collapse. The city condemned the historic building. It had to come down.
It was a sad week in downtown Binghamton, as a 100 plus year old building has been demolished. A family owned business, Ellis Bros, may leave downtown Binghamton, New York as a result of this fire and demolition. We are a small city in upstate New York, population around 47,000. We can't afford to lose a long-standing business.
There was a lamp barely visible in the window. My walking companion had had her eyes on that lamp for some time, but now it was too late for her to do anything but view it in the wreckage.
A final, farewell view. I don't know if any parts of that building are salvageable, such as the 100 plus year old bricks, but I do know that the county is waiving part of the "tipping fees" (fees for using the landfill) in an effort to keep Ellis Brothers downtown.
Has something like this happened where you live?