The walls of the beloved country club facilities used by IBM Endicott employees and their families for decades will soon come tumbling down.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said the final hurdle has been cleared and the demolition process is "imminent" on the property just west of Johnson City.

During an appearance on News Radio WNBF Friday, Garnar said that it's his understanding that the State Historic Preservation Office has given its approval for the project.

The county executive said he expects demolition work could get underway "in the next couple of weeks... maybe even earlier." He said the job of tearing down the abandoned complex likely will take a month or two.

LeChase Construction and Conifer Realty are planning to build a 75-unit three-story apartment building on the site off Watson Boulevard in the town of Union. The project cost has been reported to be about $15 million.

Garnar said he doubts much can be salvaged from the old country club structures because of the extent of deterioration that's occurred over the last several years.

IBM sold the country club property in December 2003 as the company continued efforts to reduce its presence in Broome County.

Harsh Reality: A Look at the Old IBM Country Club

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