Binghamton’s former Crowley dairy plant turning into mixed-use housing

An historic dairy plant on Binghamton’s South Side is set to be transformed into a mixed-use housing project with waterfront views, Mayor Jared Kraham announced Friday.

The former Crowley dairy plant at 135 Conklin Ave. is being reimagined as Crowley Factory Lofts, a $13 million, 45-unit housing complex for market-rate apartments. The river front building’s second and third floors will be restored and filled with one and two bedroom units. The ground floor will be open for commercial space.

“This is the type of dynamic rehabilitation project this historic property deserves,” said Kraham. Crowley Factory Lofts will bring much-needed market-rate apartments geared toward young professionals and families — not students — and help preserve a true waterfront landmark in Binghamton.

The project is being led by Crowley Factory Lofts, LLC. The development group is partnering with the City of Binghamton on an application for funding from the Restore New York Communities Initiative aimed at helping municipalities revitalize blighted commercial and residential properties. Developer Jon Korchynsky also owns a mixed-use building at 25 Court St. in downtown Binghamton, across the street from Boscov’s.

The dairy plant has been vacant for five years. InstantWhip Foods Co., Ltd. and Mountain Fresh Dairy were the building’s last tenants.

“The Crowley Factory represents an opportunity to breathe new life into the Conklin Avenue neighborhood while eliminating a long-standing blighted property,” said Korchynsky.

Korchynsky’s development team has partnered with Johnson-Schmidt & Associates Architects to tackle the historic rehabilitation. The Corning architectural firm specializes in the preservation of historic properties and has extensive experience in managing large-scale projects with historic tax credit financing, according to a press release.

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