Bringing the city's historical buildings back to life

By Perry Russom

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In a matter of six months, the building at 3 Pine St. was refurbished from a dilapidated building to its original architectural image.

The home is a part of a larger project called Blueprint Binghamton.

It's about bringing back to life some of these historic buildings around the city that have fallen into disrepair through the years.

"I've been here for over 10 years and I think the revitalization of Binghamton, since I have been here, has been amazing,"said Talia Moore, a historic building developer in Binghamton. "Downtown, the loft apartments, things they put up for the students at BU, the brewery that opened up recently ..."

Jeffery Smith is the architect who helped bring the house at 3 Pine St. back to life.

He said what he appreciated most about the building's original architecture was the high roof, large windows and original red brick.

"Binghamton is a very large urban center in this larger Southern Tier area," said Smith. "If it's not strong and thriving and healthy, we're all in trouble and that's not just new buildings and new strip malls and shopping plazas. It's reusing the old buildings and the old architecture."

The home Smith helped revamp was built in the 1800s. Rather than tear it down and start anew, developers decided to rehabilitate it.

Officials in charge of Blueprint Binghamton said the home is just one of the examples of a larger project meant to attract families, businesses and money back into the city.

Some of the places that have already been renovated are the Kilmer Building and the current home to Galaxy Brewing, which opened last week.

"We talk to people who are lifelong residents," said Earl Westerlund, of Binghamton. "They can remember the glory days when all of the buildings were shops and factories and whatnot and sometimes you have to remind them what is still here."