Major construction work on a $6 million project to transform an old Binghamton strip plaza into a church complex is expected to get underway in the next few months.
City Church acquired the property that was once home to a Weis grocery store from Binghamton Giant Markets last September.
Pastor Joseph Green said the interior of the former supermarket has been gutted in preparation for construction of the facility on Main Street between Crestmont Road and Matthews Street.
Far East Kitchen, a Chinese restaurant that had operated in the plaza for more than three decades, was the last business at the site. It moved to another Main Street location last week.
Green said the west end of the existing plaza structure is to be demolished to make way for a new structure where the church's worship services will be held.
City Church has plans to construction a 13,750-square-foot addition to the existing building.
Another building at the site - which had been used by Peoples Security Bank & Trust - is to be used by the church for a community outreach center.
Green said the facility is expected to house an addiction recovery and job training assistance programs. He said those programs could get underway at the site before City Church moves from its current downtown site.
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