Front Street gateway gets the greenlight

By Kelly McCarthy

May 14, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An often talked about rehabilitation plan in the city of Binghamton will finally see the funding it needs to get completed.

The Front Street Gateway project is getting the nearly $700,000 it needs from the state Department of Transportation.

The funding was cut after the economic collapse in 2008, and federal funding cuts to certain Congressional appropriations.

"We were very concerned because like I said this was already constrained financially," said Tarik Abdelazim, Binghamton Housing Community & Development. "We had actually talked with the consultants that we might have to strip this down even further and really just reduced to an infrastructure projects and without the gateway enhancements."

The plan is to repave and beautify Front Street between Main Street and Prospect Street along with adding new curbs, sidewalks, and trees.

"There's going to be a lot of sub-surface work with the gateway projects," Abdelazim said. "But then obviously we're hoping to make the same kind of streetscape amenities, sprucing up the sidewalk whether there's going to be benches, landscaping, so that it just becomes a much more attractive entrance to the city."

The City of Binghamton plans to begin construction in the Spring of 2014. Part of the requirements for the state's share of the project cost is the promise that the City will finish the project by 2015.