Century Sunrise

2022 COSCDA Presidential Award for Innovation

Johnson City, NY (19th Congressional District)

On October 22, 2018 Century Sunrise opened, a $33 million affordable housing development in Johnson City that transformed two vacant historic industrial buildings, once part of the Endicott-Johnson Shoe factory, into 105 apartments and 9,000 feet of commercial space.

The project consists of 105 apartments affordable to individuals and families at multiple income levels. The redevelopment also has 9,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor that will be home to the locally based Binghamton Brewing Co. that plans to open a microbrewery as well as local brew pub and restaurant in the space.

The development includes two buildings: Century and Sunrise, both part or a larger complex that served as the home of the Endicott-Johnson company, the world’s largest shoe manufacturer in the 1940s, employing over 30,000 people. The company was known for providing access to affordable housing and medical benefits to employees. Century Sunrise complement’s the original intent for the site to be an anchor for the community, as it is located directly across the street from the Binghamton Pharmacy School, one block away from UHS Hospital, one of the area’s largest employers, and less than two miles from SUNY Binghamton University.

Both the buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are located in the Johnson City Historic District. Rehabilitation work included preserving brick work and original features. Additionally, turn-of-the-century tools and artifacts uncovered in the space were restored and are exhibited throughout the development.
Century Sunrise fulfills the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery goal of rehabilitating and reusing existing buildings outside of the floodplain to provide new mixed‐income residences and commercial space within the Village of Johnson City, which was hit hard in 2011 by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.

Kim Hettinger
NYS Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery 
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