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In the Homestretch Towards Selling the Greenman Center

It's the homestretch towards picking a buyer for the Greenman Center on 37 Pine Street, Binghamton.

On Monday night, Binghamton City Council heard three different offers to purchase the former senior center.

One of the offers was from Jon Layish to purchase the center for $140,000 for Red Barn Technology, a high tech computer company for their group headquarters and offices.

Another offer was from Angela Testani, who offered $138,500 to rent the facility out to Opportunities for Broome to become a commercial training kitchen.  Via conference call, Testani said her proposal would be a sustainable win-win situation for the city.  Opportunities for Broome would train 20-40 unemployed people how to work in an industrial kitchen.  OFB also provides meals to local Head Start facilities.

The last offer is from a husband and wife team from Binghamton, Keith and Theresa Bovier, who proposed to purchase the center for $152,000 to establish a food service facility.  The Boviers said they have plans to have multiple business use the facility for services like catering and a florist shop. 

"Several friends of our have always wanted to start their cake business or cupcake business, and the one thing holding them back is no commercial kitchen.  So we look at this as a really great opportunity for other food  to  entrepreneurs get started," said Theresa Bovier.

Theresa Bovier said she would also like to open her own coffee roasting business in the center.

Binghamton City Councilman Bill Berg from the 7th district said there are many factors council have to consider before making the final decision on a proposal.

"How much will that utilize the neighborhood?  Will it fit in and will it be compatible with what the neighborhood has?  Will it help downtown, and provide jobs and get people going to the banks and restaurants?  We're looking at economic development.  Those are the things we're looking for when making this decision," said Berg.

Berg said City Council could have a final decision as early as this Wednesday's business meeting on November 20th.

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