Binghamton closes in on finishing city's blueprint

By Perry Russom

May 12, 2014 Updated May 12, 2014 at 11:58 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton is inching closer to a plan that will outline how the city will grow during the next 10 years and beyond.

One aspect of that plan targets new businesses downtown.

On Court Street, a new restaurant is taking an older approach to being a part of the city's future.

It's called Throwbacks. It's in the same location as the former New Argo Restaurant.

"The only place that's got buildings like this is downtown," said Kosta Fontanas, owner of Throwbacks."It's an old building and it's an historic building and I thought that would be the best."

The restaurant set in the '50s and '60s and is the newest restaurant looking to bring back business to Binghamton.

While Fontanas is working to build his restaurant, just down the street on Monday, the city was ironing out plans to attract companies like Throwbacks through Blueprint Binghamton

"The blueprint is really a guide for how the city will move forward over the next 10 or plus years," said City Councilwoman Lea Webb.

Monday night, the city held their first joint session among the planning commission and the city's elected officials.

The plan deals with more than business. The blueprint sets guidelines to land use, zoning and housing.

"It provides a guide to help leaders and the public to identify what are some goals we need to reach as a community to continue moving forward," said Webb.

With the city's aging infrastructure, it's less about building than it is rehabilitating, Webb said.

Some of these plans are already taking shape.

There is new student housing at the former Midtown Mall and a new brewery down the street.

As for Throwbacks, they now join the list of businesses trying to revitalize downtown.

The plan is to approve the blueprint by July.

There will be another joint session meeting on Wednesday.

Webb said residents are always welcome to have their opinions heard on the city's future at city council meetings.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.