Broome County looks for financial support of shelter/training facility

By Perry Russom

May 5, 2014 Updated May 6, 2014 at 8:15 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County is moving forward to turn the Hillcrest Depot into a county shelter.

To jump start the plan, it's looking to local towns, villages and cities to allocate a portion of their state funds to the project.

"In addition to that, we'd like to use the facility as a regional training facility for our emergency services department and all of the fire agencies throughout the county," said Elaine Miller, commissioner of Broome County Economic Development.

Some of the empty warehouses on the land are already home to training programs, but it's looking to add more.

Before any of that happens, there needs to be architectural and feasibility studies to see what can and can't be done and that costs money.

To pay for those costs, the county is asking for $100,000 from each village and town in the county.

Most have already pledged their support.

That $100,0000 would come out of the New York Rising Program where each town is getting $3 million.

"Our state representatives are very excited about this," said Miller. "We've been working very closely with the New York State Department of State in this planning process and we're told that they love the idea and the concept."

One thing the feasibility study will look at is a state of the art shooting range on the land, but the depot sits just feet away from Chenango Valley High School.

The study will look to see if that's even possible.

Binghamton City Council was asked to allocated $100,000 Monday night.

Council asked for more time to see what the resolutions of other towns and villages will look like before making a decision.