BU Plans to Move Nursing School to Johnson City
Binghamton University is making plans to relocate its Decker School of Nursing to Johnson City.
University officials are working to secure the funding needed to move the nursing school into a former Endicott Johnson factory building at 48 Corliss Avenue.
The site, which had been owned by Broome County, is just east of the property where the university's pharmacy school is to be constructed.
University President Harvey Stenger said the old six-story brick building was recently purchased with the intention of renovating it to serve as the future home of the nursing school.
Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Stenger said the structure could also be used for the expansion of other graduate healthcare and health sciences programs.
Stenger said he believes the opportunities in Johnson City are "great" and the prospect of bringing thousands of students into the neighborhood would help to revitalize the village.
Stenger said the Upstate Revitalization Initiative is focused on Johnson City. He said if the Southern Tier is one of the regional winners of the economic development competition, money will be available for the nursing school project.
If the region is not among the winners, Stenger said the university would look for other funding sources to pay for the planned move.
The Corliss Avenue sites targeted for the pharmacy and nursing schools are located southeast of Wilson Medical Center.