Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala announced today that Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) has secured $1.5 million dollars in this year’s state budget to renovate the Alms House on the Broome Community College Campus.
The Alms House is a nearly 140 year old brick structure near the front of the campus. County Executive Barbara Fiala and members of the local preservation society have lobbied to keep the Alms House from being torn down. Achieving consensus on what to do with the building, however, has been difficult. County officials are working with college officials, community representatives and state lawmakers right now to determine the best possible use for the building.
“We are currently working on an exciting idea that we think will be a good fit for the college and the community at large,” said Executive Fiala. “This $1.5 million dollars secured by Assemblywoman Lupardo is going to keep the Alms House from being torn down and it will provide us the necessary time to proceed with our feasibility study for the building. I want to thank the Assemblywoman for her dedication to this project.”
“The Alms House is a historic land mark in our community that has the potential to play a new and exciting role at BCC,” said Assemblywoman Lupardo. “I applaud County Executive Fiala for her vision in recognizing the importance of the Alms House, both in our community’s past and future.”
County Executive Fiala has committed county financial support to match any state dollars set aside to renovate the Alms House. After the George Harvey Justice Project is done, Fiala says she expects enough tobacco money to be left over and she plans to dedicate those funds to the Alms House renovation.