Members of the Salvation Army of Binghamton were joined by New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, local elected officials and a number of community leaders for groundbreaking ceremonies at the organization's new site at 530 State Street in Binghamton this (Thursday) afternoon.  The Salvation Army's  new community center is expected to provide benefits to the North Side of Binghamton, the city overall and all of Broome County.

New York State in conjunction with the Empire State Development Authority provided a grant of $1.7 million to provide the impetus for the project.  According to the Capital Campaign Director for the Salvation Army, Laura Hamilton, over 70 percent of the $5.6 million goal has already been raised.

LeChase Construction is the contractor in charge of construction.  The anticipated completion of the project and the facility's opening is expected to be in August, 2018.

The Salvation Army in Binghamton provides a number of services for the community.  In 2016 26,253 meals were given out through the Salvation Army's Food Pantry.  An additional 28,538 meals were served through their Soup Kitchen.

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