Binghamton gets more funding for downtown development

By Candace Chapman

Binghamton gets more funding for downtown development

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) From facade restorations to interior residential or commercial improvements, the city of Binghamton has a new round of grant money to support projects.

The Binghamton Local Development Corporation received $250,000 from the 2012 NYS Main Street Grant Program.

The BLDC will dedicate $15,000 for a streetscape project to improve the area between Court Street and the State Street parking ramp, also known as "Commercial Alley." 

Property owners can apply for grants for projects that will preserve the visual image of the city's downtown through commercial facade improvements. Also, for new or modified interior improvements for commercial or residential development.

In a statement, BLDC director Merry Harris said "With the help of the NYS Main Street Grant, the BLDC and the City of Binghamton will be able to leverage private investment and activity in the commercial sector to create opportunities for affordable housing and to increase the walkability of the city.

The BLDC will target the areas of Chenango Street, between Court Street and Henry Street. Henry Street, between Chenango and State Street, and State Street, between Henry and Lewis Street.

There will be an free workshop for potential applicants on March 21 at 5 pm at the Broome County Public Library located at 185 Court Street. To sign up for the workshop click here.

According to the BLDC, its first NYS Main Street grant of $200,000 in 2008 resulted in leveraging an additional $459,972.07 in private investments. Thirty revitalization or streetscape improvement projects were supported between Hawley and Court Streets, also known as "Gorgeous Washington Street", and at the intersection of Main and Front Streets.






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