Old train station brings new businesses

By Perry Russom

October 3, 2013 Updated Oct 3, 2013 at 12:59 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An old train station is bringing new businesses to Binghamton.

The Lackawanna Station closed back in the 1970's.

After a renovation, it's now the destination for a handful of businesses.

"It was the perfect location and I think it's a lot of character," said Ewelina Zajac-Holdrege, of station business owner Holdrege Design. "I love to be able to work on the same level with other companies. Be able to bounce ideas back and forth."

She still has boxes to unpack and shelves to fill.

"We just want to create an engaging, fun space for clients to come in," said Zajac-Holdrege.

The space is new to her, but the building has a rich history in the city of Binghamton.

At its peak, the station was a hub for thousands of people to travel to and from the city

"Goods were being shipped in and out constantly," said Broome County Historian Gerald Smith. "We still have freight service today, but passenger service was the mainstay, and the Lackawanna was the premiere line in the northeast."

The station has seen a number of different tenants and renovations since it closed.

Mark Yonaty is one of the co-owners of the building and the head of the latest round of renovations.

"The building was in tremendous disrepair," said Yonaty. "The only thing that made sense was to really clear out the second floor and start a full revitalization and renovation of the building."

The building is already home to a few businesses on the first floor.

Once the upgrades are complete on the second floor, it will house eight or nine businesses Yonaty said.

"We're actually going to share a conference room with other businesses so I think that's a perfect solution for start-up companies," said Zajac-Holdrege.

The building's renovation is expected to be finished by next spring or summer.in.

Zajac-Holdrege says her company will be fully moved in by next week.