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...that has a nice ring to it! Want to name the new
Binghamton Intermodal Transit Terminal after Rod Serling?
find out more and tell someone in charge how you feel,
email County Executive Barbara Fiala at firstname.lastname@example.org
(she's also at goBroomeCounty.com)
Hub Design Unveiled for City
$11 million plan includes new terminal, walkway
By Andreas Schneider
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin | October 7, 2005
Months of planning and public meetings culminated in Thursday's unveiling of the final site concept for the Binghamton Intermodal Transit Terminal.
The Greyhound bus station was Rod Serling's inspiration for "Mirror Image"and is now the proposed site for the new transportation hub
The site bordered by Henry, Chenango and Lewis streets and Prospect Avenue includes plans for a new terminal and an overhead walkway to keep pedestrians out of traffic.
The project, estimated to cost $11 million, would include 14 inter-city bus platforms six for Greyhound buses, and eight for Coach USA and Short Line and a saw-tooth-style bay for local transit buses.
The Little Venice restaurant north of the site would remain intact, but the old Southern Tier Independence Center would most likely be demolished, said Donald Gray of the architectural firm of Wendel Duchscherer. The firm unveiled what it called "the final concept" of that project at the Broome County Public Library on Thursday.
The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study called the meeting to ask residents for input in designing the buildings that will be constructed at the site. Construction is expected to begin next fall.
Now that the conceptual plan for the site is finalized, the process of designing the buildings can begin.
"In our meetings two months ago, we devised the public layout for the site," said Steven Gayle, executive director of BMTS.
"Now it's time to begin thinking about the three-dimensional design, and looking at the important features that you need." Gayle and Gray asked the small crowd in the Decker room at the library to consider design options that will incorporate the terminal into the local architectural atmosphere.A vital aspect of the design will be how to integrate the old, gray Greyhound terminal into the new building. The new terminal will be built around the 67-year-old building, which is being considered for status as a state historical site, Gayle said.
New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell, stressed the importance of keeping the building, and suggested using red bricks for the new construction to match the structure with other neighborhood buildings.
Other suggestions for the site: imitating design concepts from the nearby Erie-Lackawanna Train Depot, putting a signature piece like a clock in the green space along Henry Street on the site's southern edge, and including historical plaques along the platforms highlighting influential residents and events.
First Friday brochure entry
Before construction can begin, Wendel Duchscherer must:
Meanwhile, Broome County must insure that the project will not violate the State Environmental Quality Review Act. Once the environmental impacts are approved, the FTA will approve construction and free up the more than $8 million earmarked for the project. Gray said this will happen, hopefully, by late May. Construction will then begin next fall and be completed by fall 2007, Gray said.
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To make a design-based suggestion concerning the BITT buildings, e-mail Steven Gayle at email@example.com. ny.us or send mail to the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study: 44 Hawley St., P.O. Box 1766, Binghamton, NY 13902.
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2, 2005: First Friday in Binghamton
The Rod Serling Memorial Foundation shows its support of naming the hub "Serling Station"
by co-sponsoring a screening of the Twilight Zone episode "Mirror Image"
with New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo
Susan Sherwood from the Center for Technology and
Innovation chats with RSMF's Eileen Haley and John Lannon.
Rod Serling Memorial Foundation
website set up for viewing
The Rod Serling Video Festival provided
audio-visual equipment, and entries
from past Festivals were shown
between "Mirror Image" screenings.