Money Targeted For New Grocery Store

By Julianne Sweeney

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 28, 2009 at 6:13 PM EDT

Broome County is offering to contribute 40-thousand dollars to bring a grocery store to Binghamton's North Side.

The City is currently negotiating with a national chain to build a new store in the neighborhood.

As Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney tells us, the money would be spent to help prepare the site for construction.

This former McDonald's restaurant site on West State Street in Binghamton could soon be turned into a Save-A-Lot grocery store.

The City says it's in negotiations to bring the retail chain to the North Side neighborhood.

"We've been working for months and months, and uh, so everything is really coming together." said City Councilwoman Lea Webb.

Webb approached Broome County and asked for help to speed up the project.

Executive Barbara Fiala is offering $40-thousand dollars from the County's 2% hotel-motel occupancy tax funds, which are used for local economic development.

The money would help prepare the site before construction could begin.

"This is why we have that hotel-motel money for projects like this, so we're very glad to be able to support it." said Webb.

Part of the money will be used for environmental testing in order to determine if there are any potential toxins or hazards at the site.

"We're doing these tests to make sure that, ya know, no one's going to be exposed to any environmental dangers." said Webb.

If and when the site gets the green light, construction can then begin.

Webb says she's expecting the start date to be sometime this year.

"Everything just fell into place and one of the big pieces was this $40-thousand dollars that they were going to need to complete the study." said Fiala.

Fiala says the funds are still awaiting approval by the County Legislature.

The City's North Side has been without a grocery store since 1996.

The closest one is more than a mile away.

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