Binghamton Plans For Neighborhood Revitalization

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 20, 2009 at 5:12 PM EST

Despite financial challenges, New York will go ahead with the Restore New York Program.

The City of Binghamton's making plans in hopes it will get more grant money.

Action News Reporter Caitlin Nuclo tells us how the funds would be used to remove more neighborhood blight.

"It's just an eye sore, it's a mess everyday you go out you see broken glass and all that other stuff and so we're just waiting," said Carline Dayton.

Dayton is waiting for the home next door on Mary Street to be torn down.

And it's on Binghamton's short list.

Her neighborhood, on the city's Southside, could cash in on the Restore New York Program.

"This bottom half of Mary Street has been pretty lousy over the years," said Dayton.

Today, Binghamton's Mayor announced the city's applying for a third round of grant money.

Seeking $5.3 million dollars to redevelop 47 properties in the city.

Helping to revitalize neighborhoods, like Dayton's.

"Just as in rounds one and two, the grant will allow us to eliminate blight, turn liabilities into assets and spur continued development throughout our neighborhoods and commercial sectors," said Mayor Matt Ryan.

The first two rounds targeted 70 properties, many were demolished.

This Mary Street property was cleared about a year ago using grant money.

The city hopes to take down the two abandoned properties that neighbor this lot in phase 3 of the program.

Leaving empty lots that can be re-developed now, like this one at 47 Mary Street.

The Binghamton Housing Authority will pitch in its own grant money to build a new 3 bedroom home using green construction.

"They are feeling very grateful and hopeful that their neighborhoods will have sort of a new spirit there and a renaissance," said David Tanenhaus of the Binghamton Housing Authority.

Which is what Dayton says she's hoping for.

So when she looks out her window, she doesn't see this anymore.

Of 47 sites targeted, 6 are commercial sites.

The city hopes to use grant money to help along redevelopment of the vacant Mid-Town Mall.

Also, make shovel ready space available for a Northside Grocery Store and demolish a bowling alley on State Street to make way for a Salvation Army office.

Binghamton City Council is taking public comment and voting on the proposal tonight.

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