Blueprint Binghamton's design studio opens to public

By Kelly McCarthy

October 23, 2013 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Do you have an idea for what the future look of Binghamton should look like? Those who do said the city's new look should focus on streetscape designs, parking, and adding bike lanes.

Blueprint Binghamton's design studio is located at 49 Court Street. It's open to the public on Wednesday from 8 am until 8 pm to get more feedback on design plans.

As part of the Blueprint Binghamton project, the city is switching to a "form based" code for the Main Street to the Court Street corridor.

A company out of Texas called "Code Studio" was hired to revise the zoning and subdivision regulations. They're working with "Third Coast Design Studio" out of Nashville, TN to make up the Blueprint Binghamton design team.

"All the work that we've done to date is basically a result of direct public input that we've received from everybody," said Colin Scarff, Principal, Code Studio.

The public shared their opinions on developing more green space in flood zones, improve parking regulations, and making bike-friendly driving lanes.

"There's also been some discussion about protecting the historic fabric of the corridor," Scarff said, "And really trying to protect and enhance some of the older buildings that exist today."

Design team members said they're impressed with the amount of public interest so far in the project.

"We've had I would say a very diverse crowd come out to see us," Scarff said, "We've had a lot of younger people come out and talk to us which I would say is pretty unusual."

The next step in Blueprint Binghamton is a presentation Thursday night at the Binghamton High School. It's going to be the design team's work-in-progress presentation of all the public input they've received this week and how it could be applied to the city.

The presentation if from 6 pm - 8 pm and it is in the Black Box Theater.