Crews in Johnson City have started to prepare for construction at what will become the new home of Binghamton University's nursing school.

The abandoned six-story Endicott Johnson building at the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street. (Photo: Bob Jospeh/WNBF News)

The Decker School of Nursing is to be moved from the Vestal campus to a renovated Endicott Johnson building that has been idle for decades.

Asbestos removal work is underway in the 90,000-square-foot Corliss Avenue structure that had housed a shoe and carton factory.

Binghamton University president Harvey Stenger holding a site plan for the future nursing school. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

University president Harvey Stenger said people now are removing asbestos from around pipes and elsewhere in the structure. He said there's a "relatively small amount" of asbestos in the old building.

The project design calls for an addition to be constructed on the east side of the building for classrooms and a conference center. Stenger said the planned is expected to be completed in 2019.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Stenger said the design work is almost done.

Stenger said planners are considering the possibility of a walkway over Willow Street to connect the future nursing school with a planned research and development building to the west.

The university president said a total of $15.9 million now has been secured for the new research and development facility. That building is to be constructed between the pharmacy and nursing school complexes on Corliss Avenue as part of Binghamton's health sciences campus.

A rendering of the future Binghamton University Decker School of Nursing. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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