Front Street Waits For Funding

By Kelly McCarthy

July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A big project on Front Street not only meant an upgrade for the area, but also new life for some local businesses.

Now, local business owners are left to wait indefinitely after city council passes a resolution that puts the project on hold.

The Front Street Gateway Project began in 2007 and has been battling financial crisis ever since.

The project would have addressed the low hanging bridges, where semi trucks get stuck on a regular basis.

As well as new sidewalks, bus stops, as well as overall "beautification."

The owner of the Red Oak restaurant invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase nearby property on Front Street, with the intent of improvements soon to follow.

"We've been thrown under the bus by the city, or by the state, I don't know who. I feel as though this is just a forgotten side of town. They promise you these big things, get you excited and spending your money, and just like that it's gone," said Julianne Ludka, assistant manager.

City Council members agree that work needs to be done and are not taking the project off the table entirely.