Johnson City is developing plans to move its village hall to a site where an industrial hemp process facility had been proposed.

Mayor Martin Meaney said the village has now acquired the buildings at 60 Lester Avenue. The property is just east of the former Endicott Johnson Victory Building, which is being turned into a residential and commercial complex.

The village resorted to the eminent domain process to obtain the Lester Avenue site that had been owned by Great Eastern Hemp. The site previously had been used by Country Valley Industries.

Meaney said initially the Johnson City public works facility will be moved from a dilapidated building on Brown Street to the Lester Avenue property.

The Johnson City Village Hall on January 20, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The Johnson City Village Hall on January 20, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, the mayor said the village offices now located in a former bank building at 243 Main Street eventually will be relocated to the Lester Avenue site.

Meaney said the design phase of the project is getting underway. He said the current timeline would see the village departments moved to the new location by late next year.

After the village hall is relocated, the Main Street project would be sold for redevelopment.

The Johnson City village offices are located at a former Marine Midland bank at 243 Main Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The Johnson City village offices are located at a former Marine Midland bank at 243 Main Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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