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City of Binghamton approves new development around downtown

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Multiple sites, from a new brewery location for Galaxy Brewing Co., apartment units, and a hookah bar and lounge, were addressed at Monday night’s planning commission public hearing held in Binghamton City Hall.

“This is a very big project,” said Mike Weisel, who is an owner of Galaxy Brewing Co., along with his son Seth.

After plans were approved by the City of Binghamton Planning Commission to convert 2 Titchener Pl. into a much larger space for increased brewing operations, the father son duo told 12 News they’re excited.

“A game room, music venue, obviously a tasting room, and outdoor beer garden,” are all features Seth Weisel said you can expect to see at Galaxy Brewing’s new location, which they hope to open as early as the end of 2019.

The Weisel’s said the space is ten times bigger than the current Court Street location. It will allow them to operate better and distribute more to clients across the state. They also look forward to having a food truck rotation.

Another plan review approved was 159 Washington St., where Ellis Brothers Furniture operated for decades. Developer Josh Bishop, who did not want to speak on camera at this time, told the commission that he looks to turn the first floor into two commercial spaces, and build seven bedrooms on floors two through four. That would be for non-student housing. Bishop told 12 News they would be geared toward young professionals.

The developers for a hookah bar and lounge were slightly frustrated after their plans to build in the basement of 65 Court St. were tabled until next meeting.

The planning commission requested revised floor plans, and some members were concerned with ventilation and methods of fire suppression.

Representatives from businesses above stated concerns with ventilation as well, and multiple letters to the planning commission asked the city to not let the business open.

The hookah bar and lounge developers said they submitted everything they were told to, and look to only develop a business that would attract many in the area.

Galaxy Brewing is looking for an experienced brewer. Head to their website for more information.

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