Sprucing up the south side of Binghamton

By Brandi Bailey

July 25, 2013 Updated Jul 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One of three houses finished on Binghamton's south side is part of an effort to spruce up the city's bordering streets.

The home at 43 Mary Street is now set to sell. The modular cost $160,000 to demolish and rebuild, but is hitting the market at $85,000 to qualified buyers.

Funding for the modular home came from Restore New York Awards over multiple years.

The build is part of a project through the city of Binghamton and the First Ward Action Council to improve areas surrounding the city.

The council took out a loan for the remaining funds to help the project along.

"The hub of downtown usually has tentacles, so to speak, and this is the next step to make sure that we have a healthy city by making sure our neighborhoods are getting healthier," said Mike Rizzo, a realtor with Century 21 Sbarra & Wells.

The city hopes to find a buyer who wants to be an advocate for the neighborhood and encourage even more improvements.

There are several financial guidelines that need to be followed to qualify for the home.

Perspective buyers need to participate in a workshop at the Binghamton Homeownership Academy and apply for special financing.

The three-bedroom and two-and-a-half-bathroom home has brought an unexpected light to the street, and local leaders say it's encouraged others to make improvements of their own.

"Since this project, has been going on, people have smiled, waved, put flowers out. Caring is catching," Rizzo said.

The other two houses are still in final design stages, but are expected to begin construction shortly.

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