By Erika Mahoney, WBNG Binghamton, link to VIDEO
For the past seven years, the coal house on the west end of the Vestal Rail Trail has been an empty landmark. But by the beginning of October, people walking and running the trail will be in for some special treats.
This week the Vestal board will sign a lease with a company called “M-Squared.” The company is transforming it into a concession stand. The coal house was built in 1906 and ran through the 1960s, serving as a weigh station to determine the cost of coal. The plan is to have the concession stand open by October 1 for all sorts of snacks, including “coal house” pizza, and gelato on Sundays.
According to a Vestal councilman, an estimated 800 people walk, run or bike on the rail trail everyday. “It’s going to be a new venue for them, where they can get something to eat, something to drink,” said Steve Milkovich. “We are also building a platform, a concrete platform through the M-Squared company where on weekends we are going to have live bands. The coal house is wireless, so we can have people come there.” Milkovich also said board members are thinking about building a pond so there can be ice skating during the winter.