Renovations Begin On George Harvey Justice Building

By Justin Culligan

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 5, 2007 at 5:47 PM EST

A centerpiece of Broome County is undergoing major renovation.

The County Executive took a look at the progress at the George Harvey Justice Building.

Not much has changed on the outside the George Harvey Justice Building.

But step inside and you see major reconstruction project in the making.

Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala fought to use 17 million dollars from tobacco settlement money to restore and reopen the building in downtown Binghamton.

"I thought it had a lot of historical value but we also, more importantly, could put it back to good use, and have our three county departments, and save a half a million dollars a year," says Fiala.

During her tour, Fiala pointed out the new uses.

The offices of the district attorney and the public defender will move here, as well as the county probation office.

Some rooms will also hold classes for criminal justice students at Broome Community College.

The changes have already been set into motion.

The demolition of the interior of the building has been completed.

Windows and walls have been removed.

Steel structures have been cleaned.

But the project is really just getting underway.

The architect will now take bids from contractors for construction to start in February.

"It's been a great success so far. Everything has come together very well and we're excited to keep going," says architect Glenn Woodbury.

The 7th floor was removed so the roof will be raised by 6 feet.

Plus, historic features like old handrails and marble floors will be reused in some areas.

If all goes as planned, Harvey Justice should be ready by Summer of 2009.

The Harvey Justice Building opened in 1939.

It was also known as the Broome County Office Building.

It was last used for Broome County Family Court, but was vacated 10 years ago.

The Preservation League of New York named Harvey Justice as one of 7 buildings to save.

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