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A 111-year-old downtown building which served as the home of The Binghamton Press for decades could soon be filled with Binghamton University students.

The former Press Building at 19 Chenango Street is being converted into student housing.

The complex will be known as The Printing House Apartments. The project will be managed by Campus Evolution Villages, which provides management services to dozens of student housing facilities.

Property manager Terrance Maclin said the project will include two neighboring buildings at 21 and 25 Chenango Street.

Maclin said The Printing House name was selected as an acknowledgement of the history of the 12-story tower where the Binghamton newspaper was produced for many years.

The complex is expected to have more than 300 beds. Maclin said it will feature amenities like hot tubs, tanning beds and a golf simulator. He said there also will be a small cafe and study rooms available to residents.

Maclin said the project will provide "luxury living for students" at a cost that will be competitive with other downtown student housing facilities.

A model unit should be completed within the next week or so. Some of the student apartments should be ready by August.

The project represents a renewal for the building which had been renamed The Professional Towers at 19 Chenango Street.

The structure sustained heavy smoke and water damage as a result of a December 2010 fire at the neighboring Midtown Mall complex. Following the blaze, that property ultimately was renovated and opened as the University Lofts student housing complex.