A residential redevelopment project is in the works for an eight-story commercial office building in downtown Binghamton.

The 50-year-old Centre Plaza complex at Chenango and Henry streets is mostly vacant these days.

A directory at the entrance to Centre Plaza off Henry Street on September 12, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A directory at the entrance to Centre Plaza off Henry Street on September 12, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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The owner, James Slocum of Conklin, has revealed plans to convert the place into apartments.

Slocum told the Binghamton planning commission that he is seeking approval to develop 56 dwelling units with a total of 80 bedrooms. He said only the interior of the building would be changed with no alterations planned to the structure's exterior.

A view of the west side of the Centre Plaza complex. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A view of the west side of the Centre Plaza complex. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Slocum said the building now is less than 30 percent occupied. The Binghamton Veterans Center is located on the street level of the complex.

Hulbert Engineering and Land Surveying has its offices on the eighth floor of the tower. The company is planning to move out of downtown Binghamton by the end of this year.

Vacant office space at Centre Plaza on September 12, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Vacant office space at Centre Plaza on September 12, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Last December, Slocum presented a similar office conversion proposal to the city planning commission. The plan called for developing 66 apartments in an eight-story building at 59 Court Street. That project was put on hold, although Slocum said he still regarded the concept as "a great idea" for the property.

Slocum could not be reached for comment Tuesday to discuss his vision for turning downtown office building into residential space.

An apartment conversion plan for 59 Court Street has not moved forward. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
An apartment conversion plan for 59 Court Street has not moved forward. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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