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BU Has Big Plans for Johnson City

By Jason Weinstein.
Citing more enrollment, more staff, and more research, Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger says his school is feeling the pinch.

"We've run out of space on this campus and we feel it as well. We need to find another place and I tell people Johnson City is waiting for us," said Stenger.

Stenger spoke in advance of this afternoon's State of the University speech. The school has already committed to building a pharmacy school in Johnson City. Today, Stenger talked about greater plans.

"Across the street we're in the process of acquiring 48 Corliss Avenue and it's an old Endicott-Johnson building, six stories tall, 90,000 square feet that we're going to renovate if we're one of the Upstate Revitalization winners," said Stenger.

Seven regions, including the Southern Tier, are vying for a five-year, half-billion dollar prize in New York's Upstate Revitalization Initiative. If the area scores that big win, BU has big plans.

"The 48 Corliss project where we'll move our School of Nursing. We'll also try to convince Upstate Medical Center that maybe they'd like to join us, because right now they're at the Binghamton Health Center. We'll be creating new health programs. We're considering a School of Public Health," said Stenger.

And that's not all.

"We're also looking at a facility on Jennison (Avenue) where our Nursing School will open up a clinic. So we're looking at all of Johnson City as a potential Health Sciences Technology Park," said Stenger.

Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie can't help but think of the possible impact on the Village.

"I'm hoping it will be a glorious situation that we have, economic growth where the stores are filled on Main Street, that things have changed 180 degrees from where they are now," said Deemie.

"It's got an opportunity to be completely revitalized over the next five to 10 years," said Stenger.

***In Broome County, Jason Weinstein, FOX 40 HD News****