Beautifying Binghamton house by house

By Erika Mahoney

November 25, 2013 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 8:49 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A remodeled home is breathing life into a blighted neighborhood in Binghamton's north side.

The home at 118 Liberty Street was transformed thanks to the city's One Dollar Healthy Home Initiative.

The program allows investors to but a lot for $1 and the city will provide $100,000 to to help develop the property.

Local contractor Sarah Edwards took on the house at 118 Liberty Street. She also committed $36,000 in private financing.

After three months of hard work with help from city leaders and local workers, she transformed it into a home.

"The walls were falling down, all the copper was stolen out of it," Edwards said. "The house wasn't secured. It was terrible. I would have thought... tear it down. But I was like, no way, this is a little project, we can so do this. And it's beautiful inside now."

The home is the first completed project of a larger restoration program. A mom who used to live next door has already moved in.

"When I was going to work and I lived over there, I wasn't happy to come home," Dawn Robinson said. "I stayed at work a lot. Now I work and I'm so excited to get home."

Edwards has already agreed to fix up two more properties.

Three other investors have also signed on to fix other blighted lots.

The program is possible through a nearly $6 million grant through New York's Restore New York program.

The goal is to increase home ownership and strengthen neighborhoods with help from local investors.

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