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Community center opens on North Street in Binghamton

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A new community center in Binghamton is operated by the United Way of Broome County and houses the Binghamton-Broome Anti-Poverty Initiative.

According to the office of Binghamton Mayor Rich David, the historic building at 47 North Street was saved from demolition in 2016 and fully restored.

“This community center will bring hope, stability and much-needed resources to one of Binghamton’s poorest, but most promising, neighborhoods,” said Mayor David said in a news release. “Two years ago, the City stepped in to keep this building from being demolished after neighborhood residents made clear how important saving the landmark was to them. Now, thanks to a broader grassroots coalition, the restored building is poised to be a neighborhood anchor and a beacon of change north of Main Street.”

City officials say the $768,000 project created affordable housing on the upper floors in addition to a community space.

Mayor David, Councilwoman Dani Cronce, the First Ward Action Council, United Way of Broome County and Broome County Land Bank gathered Monday to announce the opening of the center.

PHOTO COURTESY: Binghamton Mayor Rich David’s office

Nicky Hickling

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