Celebrating Twin River Commons

By Haley Burton

August 9, 2012 Updated Aug 9, 2012 at 6:36 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The vision began for a student housing project downtown Binghamton more than 10 years ago and Thursday, they celebrated their grand opening and success.

Twin Rivers Commons is nearly at 100 percent capacity, according to Marc Newman, Managing Member of Newman Development.

"This is an exciting day for the City of Binghamton and for Twin Rivers Commons," said Newman.

The premiere student living is now open on Washington Street. Members of the community and local leaders cut the ribbon on Thursday at a grand opening ceremony.

"We're very pleased to cut the ribbon on this important project," said Matt Ryan (D), Binghamton Mayor, "This is a central part of downtown's ongoing renewal which includes new housing options, small businesses, job creation and infrastructure improvements."

Newman says construction to completion took about three years and as of Thursday, nearly all of the 371 beds (127 apartments) are leased to students.

"We already have some residents living here and many many more starting August 15 and the kids who live here I can tell you are delighted. They love the facility which makes us very happy," said Marc Newman of Newman Development.

Residents of Twin Rivers will include students from Binghamton University and Broome Community College.

"This project really started as a vision among our partnership to try to do something really significant within the city that would attract students from Binghamton University and Broome Community College into downtown to live here and a project that would really support the revitalization efforts of the City," said Jeff Smetana, Vice President, Student Housing Development.

The apartments range from studios to four bedrooms. Each apartment is fully furnished with many features including private bedrooms and baths, designer kitchens, full-size washer and dryers, high speed Internet and air conditioning.

The property will feature a fitness center, multi-media room, free tanning, cafe', game room and many other amenities.

Twin River Commons has a cafe, gym, tanning area, among other amenities.

"We look forward to a long relationship of students looking to downtown not only as a home, but a place to learn and grow and experience the community and surrounding area," said Newman.