The steel structure of the $60 million Binghamton University pharmacy school is being erected in Johnson City.

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Construction on the five-and-a-half acre site south of Corliss Avenue started last January.

The planned four-story building will provide 84,000 square-feet of space for the new school.

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University President Harvey Stenger said the structure will be about three times the size of the high-tech incubator building now under construction in downtown Binghamton.

Stenger expects the project will lead to additional development around the pharmacy school site, which is a short distance from UHS Wilson Medical Center.

Speaking recently on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Stenger predicted the future will see new retail and housing projects in the neighborhood.

The university president said the first classes for the pharmacy school are to begin in the fall of 2017 on the Vestal campus. He said applications are now being accepted.

The first class is projected to have 90 doctor of pharmacy students, along with between 10 and 15 PhD students. The school is expected to have about 380 enrolled students after the program's first four years.

Stenger said the move to the Johnson City building is scheduled to occur in the fall of 2018, although that could happen a bit sooner if the project continues to move at its current pace.

Binghamton's Decker School of Nursing is to be relocated from the Vestal campus to a former Endicott Johnson building just east of the pharmacy school site.

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