Future uncertain for Greenman Senior Center

By Chelsea Bishop

March 5, 2013 Updated Mar 5, 2013 at 1:59 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's called persistance. For the fourth time, Opportunities for Broome is looking to buy the Greenman Senior Center.

The Greenman Senior Center, at 37 Pine St. hasn't been occupied in 16 months.

It used to serve 30 elders in the area, but financial troubles in Binghamton caused the senior center to close.

The building costs anywhere between $150,000 to $200,000 to maintain, which has prevented it from reopening, council members said during a work session Monday evening.

A group called Opportunities for Broome said they'd like to buy the building and make it a community center instead.

Binghamton City Council discussed this possibility, but finding a cost that meets the means is what's concerning them.

"I mean we can have either an empty vacant senior center or a fully occupied community center that expands a lot of programs and services for seniors, for low income residents and working families," said Tarik Abdelazim director of Housing, Planning and Community Development.

Opportunities for Broome said if council votes no, then they will look at other locations.

"We have to make a decision on things, we have to move forward, and pick a direction. I'm wishful that they'll pick this direction," said Mark Silvanic, the executive director for Opportunities for Broome.

A public hearing will be held March 20 and the council is expected to vote April 3.