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Nov 7

Demolition of 2 Broad Street Properties Begins 11/9/18

Goodwill Theatre, Inc. with support from Broome County Land Bank and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo are pleased to announce the demolition of two buildings, in order to remove blight and spur revitalization in Johnson City.

Eliminating these blighted structures removes hazards to our community and makes way for the continued development of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts and Conference Center Complex which will enrich our community through arts and recreational events,” said Broome County Land Bank Executive Director Margaret Scarinzi.  “The Broome County Land Bank is pleased to partner with the Goodwill Theatre on this project.

The Mission of Goodwill Theatre Inc. is to create and operate a dynamic regional performing Arts and Conference Center Complex that will enrich the lives of Southern Tier residents and visitors through education, events and performances.

Goodwill Theatre, Inc. is  located in the urban core of Johnson City (JC) Greater Binghamton  area, in one of the most distressed and abandoned areas in the Southern Tier with 28% of the population below the poverty line.

This project is consistent with the Town of Union and Broome County Comprehensive Plans and the Endicott Johnson Shoe Company Brownfield Opportunity Area Plan (BOA). It is located within the Health and Cultural iDistrict created by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (STREDC).

Investment by the Broome County Land Bank and New York State at this stage creates the possibility of a healthy vibrant community where highly skilled healthcare professionals and Binghamton University students and faculty can train, live and work. It will increase opportunities for cultural enrichment.”  Goodwill Theatre CEO, Naima Kradjian, stated.

The project currently stretches approximately 2 acres within the Willow Street and Broad Street block of Johnson City and includes 8 properties.  This project has received state and federal support for its ability to serve as a magnet with tourist potential as well as increasing access to residents for recreation and preservation of regional history.

Goodwill Theatre, Inc. purchased 59 and 55 Broad Street in March 2016 using funds from a DASNY  (Dormitory Authority of New York) grant from Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.  The necessary environmental surveys and abatement of 55 and 59 Broad Street prior to demolition was made possible by funds from Broome County Land Bank and donations of in-kind services from Delta Engineering . Gorick Construction Co., Inc. is donating demolition services.

The demolition of these properties will allow access for the expansion of the Goodwill Theatre building and future construction of the infill connector building between the Goodwill Theatre and the Firehouse. This property will be used for interim parking until Phase 2 is completed

Goodwill Theatre, Inc. will hold a press conference on Friday, November 9 at 10:30 am.

The following people will be speaking:

  • NYS Assemblywoman: Donna Lupardo
  • Broome County Executive: Jason Garnar
  • The village of Johnson City Mayor- Greg Deemie
  • Johnson City Police Chief: Brent Dodge
  • Broome County Land Bank Corporation Executive Director: Margaret Scarinzi
  • Goodwill Theatre CEO, Naima Kradjian

We are stilling waiting on confirmation from Senator Akshar.

The press conference will be held outside of 48 Willow Street. In the event of rain we will be inside 48 Willow Street (Schorr Family Firehouse Stage) 

Questions and Answer, Refreshments and Tours of the complex will be provided.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through this email or the number listed below.

For additional information please contact Naima Kradjian, CEO at (607) 772-2404, ext. 305 or at nkradjian@goodwilltheatre.net.

Download a Press Conference Agenda (DRAFT)