A project to redevelop a downtown Binghamton building that's been home to a craft brewery as been approved by the city planning commission.

The commission voted 5-to-2 in favor of plans for 24 apartments with a total of 55 bedrooms for the property that has a main entrance at 41 Court Street.

Galaxy Brewing opened at the site in August 2013. The business is planning to relocate to the former E.H. Titchener property on Clinton Street.

Developer Isaac Anzaroot said "market rate" apartments are planned for the upper floors of the property. He said he expects construction could start within the next two months.

A portion of the property that will be used for an apartment and commercial complex off Washington Street in Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The complex also is to include commercial space with up to four businesses.

Anzaroot does not plan to preserve elements of the historic Red Men lodge which had been located on the fourth floor of the Washington Street portion of the complex.

Broome County historian Roger Luther is disappointed that the section of the property is to be renovated.

Anzaroot said he would allow people interested in removing items from the lodge area if they'd like to preserve them elsewhere.

Luther said "the real value is in the space itself." He said he viewed removing any portions of the former lodge as "an absolute last resort."

The interior of a lodge area once used by the Improved Order of Red Men in downtown Binghamton. (Photo: Roger Luther)

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