A vacant piece of land in Vestal where a flood-damaged house once stood has been transformed into a park-like setting.

Town supervisor John Schaffer said the Twin Orchards neighborhood was hard-hit by flooding in 2006 and 2011.

The vacant house that stood at 1625 Pearl Street was torn down by the Broome County Land Bank Corporation just over a year ago.

The site was cleared following the demolition. Grass and trees have been planted on the property.

Schaffer said nothing can be built on land where flood-damaged structures have been acquired by FEMA.

The Land Bank has paid for a welcome sign that's been placed at the site. The sign notes Vestal is the "Home of Binghamton University." It encourages visitors to "Shop, Dine & Explore."

The sign has been covered since it was installed a few weeks ago. It will be unveiled by town and county officials Thursday morning.

This "welcome" sign is located at the end of the ramp from Route 17's Exit 68 in Vestal. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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