Johnson City residents weigh in on BU expansion

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. - Johnson City residents had a chance to weigh in on the Binghamton University expansion in the Village.

A public hearing was held Tuesday evening at the Village Justice Building.

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Gloria Meredith and Decker School of Nursing Dean Mario Ortiz gave presentations on their respective programs.

The School of Pharmacy building will be complete next summer and will welcome students next year, while another building will be renovated for the School of Nursing and another built for Research and Development.

BU President Harvey Stenger says keeping residents up to speed is an important part of the process.

"A lot of things are happening quickly and we want to make sure that residents of the Town and Village know what's happening and that we hear from them. What are their concerns? What can we address for them? As we move quickly, we want to make sure we're not stumbling over something or making a mistake," said Stenger.

Public comments included the need for more nurses in the area, questions about where students will live and ways BU can help bring retail and development to the area.

Engineering students have developed an interactive story map that details the project plans and provides updates, along with a study looking at crime, housing, and demographics around the project site and nearby neighborhoods.

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