Sprucing up Mary Street with new home

By Conor Mooney

August 25, 2013 Updated Aug 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A project to spruce up Binghamton's south side reached another milestone Sunday.

Workers showed off the first of three newly-built homes on Mary Street during an open house.

The city of Binghamton removed vacant homes on Mary Street and asked the the First Ward Action Council to improve and develop on the once blighted area.

The project was also funded with help from the Restore New York grant.

One realtor said the Mary Street home is more than just a new building.

"You've got to believe. You've got to believe in Binghamton. You've got to believe in the future of it. You've got to believe in the house of your dreams and become an advocate for this city," said Mike Rizzo, a realtor with Century 21 Sbarra & Wells.

The hope is to find a buyer willing to encourage even more improvement in the neighborhood.