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City of Binghamton New York - Mayor Kraham Announces $300K 19 September 2022 ( news )
City of Binghamton , state New York ( By Press Release office)
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Mayor Kraham Announces $300K for Construction of VINES Office Downtown
New VINES Headquarters to be City’s First Net Zero Energy Building
( BINGHAMTON , N . Y . )
Mayor Jared M . Kraham on Monday announced the City will provide $300 , 000 to VINES for construction of a 4 , 000 - square - foot office building with community space in downtown Binghamton .
“VINES’ new downtown headquarters will revitalize an important part of Binghamton’s urban core and...... grow the organization’s impact on low - income neighborhoods and their access to healthy , locally produced foods , ” said
Mayor Jared M . Kraham
. “As a model for sustainable development , this project will also shine a spotlight on our City’s leading role in advancing green solutions for the future . ”
VINES plans to break ground on the approximately $1 . 8 million building next year .
The new headquarters will be built on two vacant lots at 157 Susquehanna St . and 1 Fayette St . , two blocks from the VINES Urban Farm and out of the floodplain . VINES acquired the lots from the City in 2020 .
Under the plans , VINES’ new building will include office space , kitchen , dry and cold storage , and a large open community programming space .
The building will also be the first net zero energy building in the City and the first known commercial structure in the northeast to use straw bales for insulation , resulting in greater energy efficiency and a smaller environmental footprint .
“VINES is grateful to have the City of Binghamton ' s support in building our new headquarters on Susquehanna Street , ” said
VINES Executive Director Amelia LoDolce
. “This neighborhood has been home to our first community gardens and to our urban farm for now 15 years . We ' re excited to further invest in the neighborhood and construct a Net Zero energy office and community building that will serve as a model in green construction . ”
The City will use American Rescue Plan Act ( ARPA ) funding to support the project . Legislation will go to City Council for review at Monday’s work session .
Other funding sources for the project include New York State Energy Research and Development Authority ( NYSERDA ) grants , Empire State Development ( ESD ) grants , the Hoyt Foundation and donations from VINES capital campaigns and fundraising .
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