Inside Look at Living Downtown

By Haley Burton

September 18, 2012 Updated Sep 18, 2012 at 6:27 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Do you ever wonder what it's like to live in the heart of downtown Binghamton?

People are opening up their homes for you to take a peek during the Downtown Living 2012.

It's being held Saturday, September 22. The event comes out of the successful Loft Life tour that was held in October 2011.

Downtown Living 2012 will feature 12 upper story living spaces. The event is co-sponsored by PAST and the Binghamton Local Development Corporation.

"PAST is really excited to have people come down and see the lofts. We're interested in the architecture downtown and in other built spaces. We'll have people here looking up rather than looking down at the ground," said Joan Sprague, PAST Program Chair.

"Last year, more than 250 people came out and it was a great fundraiser for PAST," said Matthew Ryan (D), Binghamton Mayor, who lives downtown, "We're very proud to have this event in our City. I only have a few hundred yards to walk to work. My wife is a graduate student at the Binghamton University's Downtown Center. It's about convenience and wanting to be apart of what's going on here."

A loft apartment at 69 Court Street will be one of the properties featured. Doug Camin has lived there since 2004.

"We really enjoy being able to step inside right downtown and be able to go outside and enjoy the City, take in the restaurants and the various venues right around town," said Doug Camin, Binghamton, "I really like being in the center of the city. My fiance and I have just a great breadth of things we do and places we can go. We can go to a hockey game, a B-Mets game and we can go out to a great restaurant. We live practically above a sushi restaurant. There's a lot of interesting events that happen."

Living downtown is a hot commodity with all available spaces filled. This event also is to encourage developers to come check out the sites so possible further development could be brought downtown.

"I can tell you from experience, the demand is certainly outweighs the supply. Anyone who is contemplating or thinking or has a building, I encourage them to look into loft development," said Mark Yonaty, Developer.

Tickets for the Downtown Living Tour at $20.00 and advanced registration is recommended. You can Click here for tickets and to register.

It's a self-guided tour that is walkable from the PAST office at 89 Court Street. Tickets and directions will also be available there starting Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Following the tour, people are invited to pull up a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy a free concert by the Binghamton Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble at 5:00 p.m. The concert is going to be held at the Peacemakers Stage on Binghamton's River Trail.

"The Ensemble will present a program representing various styles and cultures using a wide range of percussion instruments," said Jon Mosbo, Interim Executive Director for the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, "The audience will hear selections that range from Mozart to ragtime."