Bidding farewell to Greenman Senior Center

By Erika Mahoney

August 12, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 11:59 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For the first time in nearly two years, members of the former Loyal D Greenman Senior Center came together.

It was a time for greetings among longtime friends, who were saying goodbye to their beloved gathering place.

Monday's farewell reunion brought together more than 50 seniors, who shared memories over dinner and dessert.

The Greenman Center closed its doors in November 2011 after the heating and air conditioning systems failed.

Six months later, the center was permanently closed when funding for repairs grew too costly.

On Monday night, those who enjoyed the center's ceramic classes, card games, pool games and more reunited to find closure.

"We spent a lot of great times together, and we had a lot of fun," said Shirley and Russ Irons. "We hate to see it close, but it was a great time. Now we're staring over at the First Ward (Senior Center)."

Some admit they had hoped the center would reopen one day.

In early August, Gemini Construction, LLC, submitted the only bid to buy the center.

"We're hoping that someone comes in and enjoys the building as much as we did," said Former Executive Board President Joyce McCloe.

Binghamton City Council members are scheduled to vote on the bid in September.