Student Housing: Construction On Track For Luxury Student Housing

from Fox News

The multi-million dollar project to transform a landmark downtown office building into luxury housing for Binghamton University students is now shifting into high gear.

As our Steve Craig learned today, more than half of the apartments planned for 20 Hawley Street have been leased, and construction is on track.

The construction wall going up around the former Marine Midland Plaza is a signal that major work is about to begin.

“First we’re working on asbestos abatement, to get the building clean. And as we come down floor by floor, we’ll go in above and start the construction and just build it out.”

Not as simple as it sounds, of course.

It’ll take an army of workers to create 56 apartments similar to this, on floors 2 through 9 of the main building.

Housing for 215 students, each paying an average of 800 dollars per month, for rent, and more.

“All the amenities are included, electric, water, heat, air conditioning, all the utilities in terms of basic cable, local phone, internet service.”

“We’ll have a 24 hour gym on site. Our own movie theater, our own gaming rooms, study rooms, we’ll have tutors on site.”

To make room for all of that, this model apartment will soon be torn out.

After years of watching this building decline, downtown businesses welcome the prospect of more than 200 people living here.

“All the vendors and the merchants, all along Washington Street, State Street everyone is really excited, they’re very happy to see life coming back to this corner.”

And with about 60% of B-U’s 15-thousand students living off-campus, there’s more than enough life to go around, for this, and the other downtown student apartments being built nearby.

20 Hawley Street is also home to a unique Christmas tree.

The “Cost of Freedom” tree is located on the second floor mezzanine at the site of the new apartments.

The Citizens for a Better Broome sponsored the tree to celebrate military families throughout the county.

The tree overlooks State Street, City Hall and the Veteran’s Memorial Arena.


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