VINES receives $300K for construction of new office building

Ground breaking is scheduled for sometime in 2023
(Office of Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham)
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 11:21 AM EDT
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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- VINES will receive $300,000 for the construction of a 4,000-square-foot office building with community space in downtown Binghamton.

Mayor Jared Kraham made the announcement Monday morning at 157 Susquehanna St., where the office space will be built. VINES acquired that lot, as well as 1 Fayette St., from the city in 2020. Kraham noted that the sports are two blocks from VINES Urban Farm and away from the flood plain.

“VINES’ new downtown headquarters will revitalize an important part of Binghamton’s urban core and grow the organization’s impact on low-income neighborhoods and their access to healthy, locally produced foods,” said Kraham “As a model for sustainable development, this project will also shine a spotlight on our City’s leading role in advancing green solutions for the future.”

VINES expects to break ground on the $1.8 million building sometime next year. The location will include a kitchen, dry and cold storage, and a large open-community programming space.

The new building will be the net-zero-energy building in Binghamton and the first known commercial structure to use straw bales for insulation, the city said. This will help minimize its environmental footprint while being more energy efficient.

“VINES is grateful to have the City of Binghamton’s support in building our new headquarters on Susquehanna Street,” said VINES Executive Director Amelia LoDolce. “This neighborhood has been home to our first community gardens and to our urban farm for now 15 years. We’re excited to further invest in the neighborhood and construct a Net Zero energy office and community building that will serve as a model in green construction.”

VINES, or Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, in a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to the creation of sustainable community food systems through the use of urban agriculture.

Binghamton will use American Rescue Act funding to support the project and legislation will go to city council for review.