A business owned in part by Binghamton's mayor has left a landmark downtown building just weeks before students are set to move into the complex.

Terra Cotta Catering released a statement Wednesday after it was reported the company had moved from the Stephens Square building.

In the news release, John Clark of Terra Cotta said the owners "felt the new direction of the building would not be compatible with a high end catering, wedding and banquet facility."

Clark and his wife, Suzanne, own Terra Cotta in a partnership with Mayor Richard David. The mayor was not available to comment on the decision to close the downtown event facility.

The Terra Cotta statement noted the building will house "multiple fraternities and house more than 100 Binghamton University students, a student lounge and most likely a club or tavern."

The company is "evaluating multiple locations for a new banquet venue" in Binghamton. Terra Cotta will still be "a mobile catering company serving many venues" in the region.

The statement said Terra Cotta also has built a new kitchen at the site of a former Pizza Hut restaurant on Vestal Avenue on the city's South Side.

The Terra Cotta Catering banquet hall was located at 81 State Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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