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BCC Expansion is Delayed by a Clerical Mistake in Albany

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Plans to breathe new life into the former main library in Downtown Binghamton are on delay due to a mistake in Albany.

SUNY Broome Community College had been approved for $5 million from the state to convert the Carnegie Library on Exchange Street into classroom space, expanding the BCC campus from the Town of Dickinson into Downtown Binghamton.

Broome’s plan was among 17 projects for community colleges around the state that were approved funding but had the page containing the Community College Construction Bill left out when the budget was passed by the House, delaying those projects.

The problem is expected to be fixed when the Legislature gets back to work in January, but the BCC expansion is on hold until the funding is officially authorized.

Once authorized, renovations to the space could get started next year.

The ornate old library is slated to house BCC’s culinary, event management and continuing education programs.

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