Several "tiny homes" are planned as part of a first-of-its-kind project in the city of Binghamton.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said the ten specialized living units are to be built as part of the veterans resource center being developed on the North Side.

Garnar told WNBF News plans call for the construction of five duplex tiny homes. He said the project will provide affordable housing for local veterans.

Five "tiny home" duplexes are planned at this site on State Street in Binghamton. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Five "tiny home" duplexes are planned at this site on State Street in Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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The veterans services facility originally was proposed for the old Vestal Hills Country Club property in the town of Binghamton. Escalating costs and other issues prompted county officials to find another site for the project.

The county acquired a site at 530 State Street in Binghamton, which had been home to a bowling alley for several decades. The Salvation Army had purchased the property from the county in 2011 for a planned complex to replace its downtown facility. Plans for that project were scrapped.

Discussing the planned housing project, Garnar said the units would be part of the first tiny home complex ever built in Broome County.

A section of the State Street site in recent years has been used as a community garden. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
A section of the State Street site in recent years has been used as a community garden. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Garnar said it would create a "supportive veterans village" which will be located near agencies that would provided needed services.

The county executive said bids will be sought for the project this winter. He anticipates construction could start next spring or summer with the work completed sometime in 2024.

Garnar said an organization has not yet been selected to administer the housing component of the project.

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