Councilwoman Says There Will Be A Northside Grocery Store
4/6/2013 (Updated 10:50:20 PM)Councilwoman Lea Webb says the City is moving forward to bring a grocery store to Binghamton's Northside.
It's been four years since nearly 200,000 state and county dollars were earmarked to help bring a store to West State Street. In 2009-the then New York State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith-brought a $150,000 check to Binghamton for the construction costs.
Now, Smith is a central figure in a corruption case- and there is still no grocery store. Councilwoman Webb is a lead advocate for this project. She says the she's reached out to community groups, local and state officials as well as residents to work together to bring a grocery store to the area.
"It's taking a little longer than we had planned. We had some obstacles that came up that were out of our control but we've been trying to kind of move behind those obstacles, keep reaching forward and try to make the project happen," said Councilwoman Lea Webb.
As we've reported, in 2009, the City was negotiating with a franchise owner of the Save-A-Lot grocery chain. Webb says they are currently speaking with grocery store owners. She gave no timeline on the project.
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