A housing development of some type is emerging as a potential likely use for the former Davis College property in Johnson City.

Broome County businessman Adam Weitsman acquired the site off Riverside Drive in December 2019 for $3.7 million. He scrapped his plans for a basketball academy on the campus after the Covid-19 pandemic.

A building on the former Davis College campus on May 16, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A building on the former Davis College campus on May 16, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Weitsman now is seeking $5.5 million for the property. Johnson City Mayor Martin Meaney on Tuesday said "there have been multiple developers" asking questions of the village's planning and code enforcement officials "about housing projects they'd like to put in there."

Meaney told WNBF News the potential buyers have been "very vague on what type of housing" they might want to develop at the site. He said they've been interested in zoning requirements or restrictions for the property.

The mayor said three or four people have asked about the process that would be needed "to bring their plans forward."

This building had housed the Davis College library. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
This building had housed the Davis College library. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Meaney said it would be nice to "see something that fits in with the neighborhood" developed at the old Davis College site. He said those who have been in touch with the village haven't offered much detail on their plans but they've indicated they would work to conform to the area near the site which would mean "single-family housing, two-family housing... nothing crazy."

The mayor said those interested in the property have indicated they would be inclined to repurpose some of the existing buildings on the site and to pursue some new construction.

The former gymnasium and activity center on the Davis College campus on October 15, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The former gymnasium and activity center on the Davis College campus on October 15, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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John Farrell of Exit Realty Homeward Bound on Tuesday said negotiations were underway with a prospective buyer. He was unable to provide any details about a planned use for the site.

Weitsman listed the property for sale last May with an asking price of $6 million. In September, he announced he was selling the site to a group from Dutchess County for $4.5 million. The prospective new owners said they intended to develop an artificial intelligence academy at the site but the sale fell through.

The Bible School Park post office on the old Davis College campus on December 11, 2014. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
The Bible School Park post office on the old Davis College campus on December 11, 2014. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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