Bringing a brighter future to the former Broome County Library

By Brandi Bailey

May 28, 2014 Updated May 28, 2014 at 7:51 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The century-old former Broome County Library may soon see SUNY Broome students entering its locked doors.

SUNY Broome has plans to use the building to hold its hospitality program.

"What better opportunity than to have a college go into a historic Carnegie library building. SUNY Broome needs to be downtown," SUNY Broome President Kevin Drumm said.

SUNY Broome said it's been an idea for more than four years, but lack of funding has held back progress.

The college has set funding aside and is planning a $2 million private fundraising effort. Broome County has also promised money for the project.

"To be able to offer a diversity of classes for the businesses in the region right here, where someone could take a class at breakfast time before work, at lunch, or right after work without having to commute again," Drumm said.

Physical work can be expected on the building as soon as January.

The program would not only bring the college downtown, but restore a part of the city's history.