Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Coming soon to Johnson City is a privately-owned medical office building, but first, a local company is demolishing five blighted properties to make it happen.
The first space was already demolished at 76 Arch St. next to Wilson Memorial Hospital.
Kradjian Enterprises bought the empty building and owns the surrounding four other properties, which they plan to tear down soon.
Kradjian said this is the first step in a journey to revitalize the downtown area of Johnson City.
"We're very enthusiastic about Johnson City," said Ara Kradjian, "We believe in Johnson City, we've always owned property in Johnson City and we look forward to the future. We feel it's a rising star and we think this medical office building will add to the future of Johnson City."
Mayor Greg Deemie thinks there's a great need for more medical services and staff so close to the hospital.
"It will be great bringing more workers, more patients, more people downtown," Deemie said, "And that's our goal, to populate this area as much as we can and revitalize the downtown area and this will help do that."
Kradjian Enterprises is waiting for the city's final approval to tear down the other four properties. They expect to break ground on the office building this spring.