Some preliminary work is underway for Broome County's new veterans resource facility which will include a residential section.

The long-awaited project is being developed at the site once occupied by the State Bowling Center on Binghamton's North Side.

The county acquired the 1.6-acre site from the Salvation Army last year for $180,000. The agency had planned to develop a community center on the property but that project was scrapped.

Workers from Whitmore Fence Company of Dryden on Monday started to erect fencing around the future construction site.

Fencing was being installed at the site of a future veterans services and housing project on February 5, 2024. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Fencing was being installed at the site of a future veterans services and housing project on February 5, 2024. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Broome County Executive Jason Garnar told WNBF News groundbreaking for the veterans services and housing project should begin "very soon."

State and federal funding will cover some of the cost of the facility, which will include 10 "tiny homes" to provide affordable housing to veterans.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul speaking on Binghamton's North Side on April 27, 2017. (Photo: Roger Neel/WNBF News)
FLASHBACK: Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul spoke about a proposed Salvation Army community center on Binghamton's North Side on April 27, 2017. (Photo: Roger Neel/WNBF News)
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Garnar said construction is expected to take about a year to complete. A 13,000-square-foot building that will house a "one-stop resource center" should be ready by Veterans Day of this year.

The housing component of the project should be "move-in ready" in early 2025.

VIDEO: WNBF News visited the worksite on February 5, 2024.

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