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Temporary lease signed for vacant Boys & Girls Club building

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) —  Many were shocked with the sudden closing of the Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome. Beyond that, many wondered what would happen to the building that once occupied the organization.

A vote was recently taken, and the county is going to lease the building for six months while taking care of essential utilities and upkeep.

“The whole idea is to buy time to secure the building and get a long-term plan in to replace the programs and services that used to be offered there,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar.

Who’s moving in? Count the Broome County Urban League as one of the organizations.

“We were looking for a space to increase our footprint within the county where we could have almost all of our programs. Then when this opportunity arose, the county came to us,” said Broome County Urban League CEO Jennifer Lesko.

Magic Paintbrush is also currently in the building, with many others expressing interest.

“I cannot give you the names of other organizations because it just wouldn’t be right at this time. But, I can tell you that we’ve met with dozens of community organizations and a number of them have expressed interest,” said Garnar.

The end goal is for a long-term solution, but for now, the focus is on keeping services available to those who need them.

“It’s really appropriate where any agency that works in community service, that wants to run programs to help children and families, they could come in that space as well. So really it can be everything we need under one roof to help our families and our children,” said Lesko.

With a more long-term goal in mind, the Urban League and many other organizations are going to be a part of this six month lease to keep essential services around for the community here in the short-term.

Damon Matson

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