Several decades after Endicott Johnson shut it down, an abandoned factory building in West Endicott is about to disappear.

Demolition crews from Gorick Construction Company on Monday began preliminary work to clear the site. The property is located across the street from West Endicott Park.

The massive five-story structure on North Page Avenue was acquired in July for $100,000 by an entity linked to National Pipe and Plastics of Vestal.

Flea markets were held for a brief time in the old factory. (Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Endicott Johnson built the 171,000-square-foot complex in 1922 to manufacture shoes. A series of developers failed to carry out plans to renovate the building. Broome County took over the property for back taxes.

National Pipe plans to construct an office building on the site. The property is just east of the company's recently-opened factory that make polyvinyl chloride pipes.

PVC pipes now are stored on land adjacent to the old Endicott Johnson site. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Red tape and signs warning of the presence of asbestos have been placed at the demolition site.

It's expected the project to remove the old factory building will take about six weeks to complete.

National Pipe and Plastics has its corporate offices in Vestal. (Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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