Project Represents Completion of Phase One of $35.5 Million Redevelopment Project in the Southern Tier
Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - the Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of phase one of a $35.5 million investment in the Southern Tier. A ribbon cutting was held for the new, 21,000 square-foot Corning Community College Health Education Center in the City of Corning, Steuben County. The facility will house the College's Nursing and Community and Public Health academic programs, with classes set to begin on site this fall. In addition, the planned redevelopment on the property of the former Corning Hospital will eventually include market-rate residential apartments, office and retail space. The former Corning Hospital site has been vacant since July of 2014 when the new hospital opened its doors in East Corning.
"This is a major investment for the Southern Tier and is proof positive that by capitalizing on regional assets, we will continue to attract top-level private investment and foster job growth for New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "By offering the best training opportunities for the next generation of workers, we're not only ensuring top-notch health care for families across New York, we are providing quality jobs for hard-working men and women while helping this region soar."
Lieutenant Governor Hochul, who attended the ribbon cutting said, "As Chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils, I frequently hear from employers about the need for more targeted workforce training. The new Center will address that concern by positioning the Southern Tier as a premier location for highly skilled workforce development and employment recruitment in the healthcare industry."
Phase two of the project will include the construction of 85 market-rate apartments and at least 5,000 square-feet of commercial space. This phase is expected to begin in 2018 and be completed in 2019.The third phase calls for the construction of an additional 40 apartments and as much as 2,500 square-feet of commercial space at the site. It is anticipated that this phase will begin in 2020 with completion slated for 2022.
To support the development, Empire State Development is providing the Steuben Area Economic Development Council with up to $8 million in state incentives. A total of $6 million will come through a Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant and up to $2 million was allotted in Capital Grant funding.
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Today's milestone event is further proof of the Southern Tier strategic regional plan's strong momentum which aims to leverage economic growth by attracting solid private sector investment."
Senator Tom O'Mara said, "The CCC Health Education Center is an exciting public-private partnership that marks a critical addition to the long-term economic, educational, and health care quality and strength of the city of Corning, Steuben County, and the entire Southern Tier region. We are grateful for the ongoing commitment and investment of our state, local, and private-sector leaders on this timely, state-of-the-art, difference-making project."
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said, "This is truly a transformational project for the city of Corning and Steuben County. The Corning Community College Health Education Center will be a cornerstone of health care across the Southern Tier region. It's going to provide exciting, long-term benefits for local workers, the local economy and, most important, the quality of local health care for area residents. We appreciate the continued commitment of Governor Cuomo and his administration, our Regional Economic Development Council, and all of the local public and private-sector leaders who have been so instrumental every step of the way."
Corning Mayor Rich Negri said, "The grand opening of the Corning Health Education Center today is proof that our region truly is soaring. Thanks to the Governor's investment in our city, hard-working men and women have helped build this magnificent education center and will support the construction of the next two phases. This redevelopment project is not only putting our residents to work, it is providing housing and health care opportunities for families across the entire region."
Southern Tier Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Tom Tranter, President & CEO of Corning Enterprises and Harvey Stenger, President of Binghamton University said, "The scope of this public-private investment sends a strong message that Steuben County is a great place in which to do business and is yet another exciting chapter in the regions' economic narrative. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's vision and commitment to generating economic growth this region truly is soaring."
Corning Community College President Dr. Katherine P. Douglas said, "The Corning Community College Health Education Center is a superb example of the power of public/private collaboration. With this investment, the College will transform health education, preparing professionals for meaningful and rewarding careers in an industry that is projected to grow by double digits.
James Johnson, Executive Director of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency said, "The Steuben County IDA and is Board are thrilled to be part of this exciting project which will help train the regions next generation of healthcare providers and serve as a cornerstone for future redevelopment efforts in the City of Corning. The assistance provided by the State of New York through the Regional Economic Development process was critical in moving the redevelopment forward."
Garrett Hoover, SVP, President & COO of Guthrie Corning Hospital said, "The redevelopment of this site was made possible by partnerships and the Empire State Development Grant. The Guthrie Clinic and Guthrie Corning Hospital are proud to be partners of this outstanding project. But this partnership is more than constructing a state-of-the-art educational facility, it's about touching lives. Corning Community College Faculty members will make a meaningful impact by educating our future workforce; future nurses who will provide medical care to people who live, work, and visit in this region. That's the real impact of this project."
Developer David Riedman of Riedman Companies said, "The ribbon cutting of the Corning Community College Health Education Center marks the completion of one component in the redevelopment of the former Corning Guthrie hospital. A new building on the property honors the legacy of the Hospital by providing the community with a state of the art Health Education Center. In our plans for new market rate housing on the remainder of the property, we have taken great care to complement the Health Education Center and incorporate architectural design elements from the City of Corning into our design. In doing so, the redevelopment of 176 Dennison will fit seamlessly into the fabric of the community. At the same time, we will deliver a housing preference currently in demand in Corning. Mark Purcell and I would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Corning Community College on this significant milestone and we look forward to our future development work in the City of Corning."
Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring
Today's announcement complements "Southern Tier Soaring the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $3.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan - attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State's $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion - and the region's plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.